Environment & Science

EPA OKs more hazardous waste for California toxic dump

The Environmental Protection Agency says a central California landfill that local residents blame for birth defects can continue accepting hazardous waste.

The landfill next to Kettleman City is run by Waste Management. In a letter released by the company on Wednesday, the EPA says it decided to allow more hazardous waste after an area where cancer-causing PCBs were found was cleaned up.

But the letter says Waste Management must find the source of other PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, found at the landfill and clean them up, too.

Kettleman City residents have blamed the toxic waste dump for at least 11 birth defects since 2007. State waste management officials say no evidence links the landfill to the deformities.

The state is investigating.

© 2010 The Associated Press.