County supervisors vote to shut down Community Recycling

County supervisors vote to shut down Community Recycling »Play Video
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Citing a number of violations, the Kern County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday night to revoke the operating permit of Community Recycling & Resource Recovery in Lamont.

Prior to that, the board voted to fine the facility $2.33 million for those violations. The actions came after a special public hearing on the company, which was spurred by the recent accidental deaths of two brothers who worked there.

The meeting was an emotional one, as employees of the facility spoke against shutting it down, saying they would lose their jobs.

But others said it was time the county took stronger action against the facility in light of other past violations which still continued.

Supervisors made it clear that the action was not a reflection on the plant's workers and promised to try to find a solution that would preserve jobs.

Mark Smith, the lawyer representing Community Recycling, quickly left the board chambers after the vote and refused to answer any questions.

It's not clear if the company will appeal.