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Carousel neighborhood of Carson: Home Sweet Home

Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 21.26.38At some point, the three underground tanks and drainage fields that had been connected to the Shell oil refinery began to leak oil and chemicals – turning a once-appealing neighborhood into a place where hundreds of homes sit atop 161,700 cubic yards of toxic sludge. Ultra-hazardous chemicals were found in the soil, including methane and benzene, which have been linked to melanoma and lymphoma.

EXTRACTS FROM AN ARTICLE BY MATT REYNOLDS PUBLISHED BY COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE ON 9 JAN 2015 UNDE THE HEADLINE:

“Shell close to $90M Payout for Toxic SoCal Neighborhood”

LOS ANGELES (CN) – A state court judge looks set to approve a $90 million settlement with residents of a Carson neighborhood sitting on top of a sludge of petroleum waste, pending a final objection from the oil giant’s developer co-defendant in the case.

Shell also entered into an agreement with the California water quality control board to spend $140 million to clean up the 50-acre neighborhood. That’s in addition to the $40 million Shell has already spent remediating the property. read more

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