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Pick-N-Pull Auto Dismantlers To Pay $2.5 Million For Environmental Violations


From the Office of the District Attorney:

Martinez, Calif. – Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton announced today (Friday, March 11) that the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, together with 13 other California District Attorneys have agreed to a $2.5 million dollar settlement with Pick-N-Pull over the company’s illegal disposal of hazardous waste and stormwater pollution issues.

Pick-N-Pull operates 21 facilities in Northern California and is a subsidiary of Schnitzer Steel, Inc. The company buys end-of-life vehicles, sells their parts, and recycles the remaining steel. Contra Costa County joined forces with Santa Clara, San Joaquin, Sacramento, Alameda, and Solano counties to do a series of unannounced waste inspections. The investigation revealed that Pick-N-Pull facilities routinely and illegally disposed of automobile fluids, aerosols, batteries, and electronic devices.

“It is a priority to protect our environment and especially our water ways (sic) from harmful pollutants,” said District Attorney Diana Becton. “When contacted by prosecutors, Pick-N-Pull promptly implemented improved training procedures and practices relating to their hazardous waste disposal.”

The judgement provides for $1,850,000 in civil penalties, $350,000 in costs of enforcement, injunctive provisions requiring the implementation of compliance assurance measures as well as $350,000 to environmental projects, which includes the Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund.


  1. I’ll admit I thought Pick n Pull was some sort of caribbean style restaurant but I commend them for taking steps to clean things up!

  2. Big news, this.

    Yet felons walk free among us, unpunished for crimes committed.

    I’d rather have a tough on crime DA than this woman.

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