Waste Management's Statement regarding Today's California Department of Health Findings

Kettleman City, CA, February 9, 2010 — Waste Management issued the following statement from Helen Herrera, community relations manager for the Kettleman Hills Facility, regarding today’s California Department of Pubic Health findings:

“Waste Management appreciates that the state Department of Public Health is reaching out to keep elected officials and Kings County residents apprised of the facts in this situation.

Our Kettleman Hills Facility is safe and we are proud of our 30 year legacy of safety and environmental stewardship. We are committed to protection of human health and the environment through compliance with state, local and federal regulations. With so many other potential environmental exposures in the area, this is just the first step in an ongoing process.

We are available to the Department of Public Health for any kind of follow up activities or assistance they need from Waste Management.”

CONTACT: Helen Luibel Herrera
(559) 386-9711

Waste Management’s (WM) Kettleman Hills Facility has been an integral part of the Kings County Community for more than 28 years. The facility is permitted to handle municipal solid waste and hazardous waste, both of which are heavily regulated, monitored and controlled by more than 10 local, state and federal government agencies. The facility’s staff includes 60 full-time employees, many of whom are active in the community. In addition to its community contributions and significant volunteer efforts, Waste Management provides a benefit to the local economy of more than $17million annually with a $3.7 million annual payroll. WM also contributes nearly $3 million per year directly to the Kings County General Fund through disposal fees. For more information, visit our website at www.kettlemanhillsfacts.com.