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Sacramento District Attorney’s Office files civil suit against waste recycling firm

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Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:22 am, Tue Jul 10, 2012.

The Sacramento District Attorney's Office filed a civil suit against a major local recycling company Monday, accusing it of gross environmental violations at five facilities that it operates, including one near Galt.

District Attorney Jan Scully told reporters at a press conference that River City Waste Recyclers is leaking oil and other pollutants into the ground, causing cloudy dust-ups and even creating dangerous fire conditions that actually led to a blaze last year at a River City operation on North B Street.

"The environmental problems at these five sites are unacceptable, both to the residents who live nearby and to our county as a whole," Scully said. "Furthermore, by ignoring the rules, River City Waste Recyclers actually gets an unfair advantage over legitimate businesses that do follow the rules. Practices like these cannot be tolerated."

Scully said that investigators from the Sacramento Police Department and several other agencies discovered the violations earlier this year while probing allegations of River City Waste Recyclers buying stolen copper wire and other metals. Six men were arrested and charged as a result of that investigation. The cases are pending.

The suit filed Monday, according to Scully, identified violations at five River City locations including a wood-chip recycling operation at the company's 10300 Mingo Road facility. It has generated five complaints from the public about spontaneous combustion fires at the locations.

Officials from River City Waste Recyclers were not immediately available for comment Monday morning.

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