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SMOKED OUT: COUNTY SHUTS DOWN CREMATORIUM OVER "HORRIFIC" VIOLATIONS

 

Owners of El Cajon facility may apply to reopen if costly equipment changes are made to eliminate smoke, odors

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

April 28, 2011 (San Diego) – By a unanimous 4-0 vote, San Diego County’s Air Pollution Control District Board ordered an immediate shut down of  a Neptune Society crematorium  on Lake Jennings Road in El Cajon  to abate a public nuisance. 

 

“This was clearly a violation of public policy and a public health hazard,” Michael Drake, public affairs officer for the County’s land use and environmental group, told East County Magazine after the hearing.  He praised the Board for “doing the right thing” and expressed hope that the owners will upgrade or replace antiquated equipment so that they can “comply and come back into business.”

CREMATORIUM MAY FACE SHUT-DOWN FOLLOWING POLLUTION COMPLAINTS: HEARING APRIL 28

Public comments will be heard at hearing; action comes after years of citizen complaints and recent media spotlight on polluter


By Miriam Raftery
 

April 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – East County Magazine photographer Dennis Richard, disgusted by the sight of smoke belching from the Neptune Society crematorium at 13065 Old Highway 80 in El Cajon, sent a photo to media outlets that started a firestorm of controversy.

 

“You can see from my picture; the smoke of ...human bodies blowing out of the smoke stack and drifting over Jack in the Box and the nearby neighborhoods,” he wrote.

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