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California Desert District
Release Date: 06/15/12
Contacts: David Briery , (951) 697-5220 or  
  Stephen Razo , (951) 697-5217  
News Release No. CDD-12-58

BLM Seeks Info on Illegal Waste Dumping

The Bureau of Land Management is requesting assistance identifying the people responsible for dumping hazardous materials on public lands near Inyokern. A reward of up to $500 is being offered.

On May 31, officials from the BLM and Kern County found a hazardous materials dump site along Brown Road south of Inyokern. Authorities found three 55-gallon barrels that had been abandoned on desert public lands.

One barrel had leaked much of its contents onto the ground. Kern County Environmental Health Division personnel took samples from all three drums and identified the material as waste oil. The BLM is removing the drums and contaminated soil today. The drums will be further tested for heavy metal content to determine the proper disposal method. Contaminated soil was removed with a backhoe and will be shipped with the waste drums for proper disposal. The cost of the cleanup is estimated at several thousand dollars.

The BLM is requesting assistance identifying the responsible parties. A reward of up to $500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the hazardous dump on public lands.

Members of the community with any information about the illegal waste dumping are asked to contact the BLM at (760) 384-5462.


California Desert District   22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553  

Last updated: 06-15-2012