FROM: Karyn Sinunu, Assistant District Attorney   CONTACT PERSON:
John Fioretta, Deputy District Attorney
Environmental Protection Unit
(408) 792-2638   For Immediate Release on April 15, 2002   On April 12, 2002, The Honorable Gregory Ward, Superior Court Judge, signed a Temporary Restraining Order prohibiting a San Martin business and its owner from storing hazardous materials and operating without required permits.   R.H. (Dick) Von Bargen owns West Coast Engineering, Inc., which does metal fabrication. Von Bargen located, constructed, and operated the business without any of the permits required by state hazardous materials law or the Santa Clara County Code. The County Department of Environmental Health’s Hazardous Materials Compliance Division discovered these violations during an inspection last August. Despite repeated warnings, Von Bargen failed to bring West Coast Engineering into compliance.   West Coast Engineering presented a fire hazard to the new South County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, which is located next door. The order effectively shuts down West Coast Engineering until a hearing scheduled for April 25, 2002. According to County Hazardous Materials Specialist Mike Benjamin, the hazardous materials should be removed before the opening ceremony for the Household Hazardous Waste facility this Wednesday, April 17th. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office Environmental Protection Unit is prosecuting this case.   ###

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