Da Xiong Pan, the owner of Maywood, Calif.-based scrap metal recycling facility Panda International Trading Co., has been charged with five felonies for improperly storing and disposing of hazardous materials at his company’s worksite, according to court records. In May, Pan pleaded not guilty to his charges.
Earlier this week, a fire broke out at the facility and the Department of Toxic Substances Control worked with local firefighters to contain the fire, which burned for more than 30 hours.
Investigators are currently looking into how the waste was treated and the facility’s best practices.
The Los Angeles Times has more details:
The owner of a recycling facility that has been burning for more than 30 hours at an industrial park in Maywood was recently charged with multiple felonies for improperly storing and disposing hazardous materials at his site, according to court records.
Da Xiong Pan, who also goes by Daniel Pan, pleaded not guilty in May to five felony charges. Among those charges was that he knowingly disposed of treated and stored hazardous waste without a permit at his site, Panda International Trading Co., at 3570 Fruitland Ave., according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint.
Investigators visited the facility in June and November 2013 and collected evidence showing that toxic levels of metal particulates were released onto a public sidewalk in front of the company’s facility, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control.