Kern County accused of illegally shutting down Community Recycling facility
Lamont Compost site trial underway
Last Updated: 91 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A trial is underway that will determine the fate of a Lamont compost operation where two brothers died.
A lawyer for Community Recycling is trying to argue the County Board of Supervisors had no authority to shut down the facility following the on-site death of two workers, according to the Californian.
16-year-old Armando Ramirez died after inhaling hydrogen sulfide while cleaning out a tunnel and his brother died trying to rescue him.
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The company said only Cal/OSHA had the authority to shut down the facility, not the county.
Earlier this year, a judge ruled the company could stay open throughout the trial.
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