Man Charged with Dumping Hazardous Waste in the Bayview

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2013

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Eusebio Castillo, age 61 of San Francisco, has been arrested and charged with dumping hazardous waste in the Bayview District of San Francisco.

“By knowingly abandoning multiple containers of hazardous waste, the defendant created an environmental hazard that put the Bayview community at risk,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Protecting the health and well-being of San Franciscans is a fundamental priority for my office.”

"Long gone are the days where we turn a blind eye to illegal dumping--we take this crime seriously," said Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the Bayview. "It is not okay to dump junk or hazardous materials that can compromise the health and safety of San Franciscans. I am delighted to work with District Attorney Gascón to ensure that these offenders are held accountable."

According to court documents, the defendant dumped hazardous materials including paint and oil cans at Quint Street and Oakdale Avenue in the Bayview District in San Francisco. In total, 23 containers were abandoned on the roadside. Two of the samples taken showed that the items contained corrosive hazardous waste.

Some of the containers had labels that said “Hastings” and “Hastings College of the Law”. A representative from UC Hastings confirmed that these items had once belonged to them but that they had given them to the defendant who was employed by American Building Maintenance, Inc. which contracts with UC Hastings for building maintenance. UC Hastings was no longer going to use the items and allowed the defendant to take them for his personal use. Instead, the defendant abandoned the containers on the street.

The defendant is charged with two felony counts of violating section 25189.5(b) of the Health and Safety Code, two felony counts of violating section 25189.5(c) of the Health and Safety Code, and one misdemeanor count of violating section 25217.1 of the Health and Safety Code.

Mr. Castillo is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 11 at 1:30pm. His bail is set at $63,000. The case is currently being investigated by San Francisco District Attorney Investigator Hansen Pang. Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Wagner is prosecuting the case.

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