Los Angeles – City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today that he has secured a Court order that puts in place important protections for the community and environment in regulating the AllenCo oil facility in South Los Angeles.
The Court order details specific regulations and further approvals that AllenCo must follow and obtain before it were to ever re-open. AllenCo is also required to provide a state-of-the-art environmental safety monitoring system and pay $1.25 million in civil penalties.
“This judgment assures the community that AllenCo will never be allowed to re-open unless it complies with every single health and safety regulation--and installs a state-of-the-art health and safety monitoring system, overseen by an independent environmental expert authorized to shut the facility down,” said Feuer. “These protections are unprecedented. The residents neighboring AllenCo deserve nothing less."
"I'd like to thank the City Attorney for using the City's jurisdiction to ensure AllenCo complies with all mandated health and safety conditions,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “My office continues to support any actions or ordinances that put people's health and safety before anything else. This is an environmental justice issue, and I am glad we are protecting our constituents from any potentially hazardous conditions."
The order stipulates the following:
Prohibition on re-opening without compliance. AllenCo is prohibited from re-opening unless it first complies with every applicable state and local rule and regulation.
Innovative, state-of-the art health and safety monitoring system, with emergency shutdown provisions. If AllenCo ever re-opens, the order requires it to fund a sophisticated, state-of-the-art environmental health and safety monitoring system overseen by the City Attorney’s environmental expert. Features of this system include: