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Ventura Businessman Arrested For Alleged Toxic Dumping

March 18, 1985

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) _ The president of a chemical company was arrested Monday for investigation of illegally dumping toxic wastes into the Ventura River, authorities said.

There was no major threat to this city’s drinking water supplies, but some private water supplies for local ranches and industry will be tested, said Gary Gilday, a Ventura County Environmental Health Department supervisor.

Arrested for investigation of illegal disposal of hazardous wastes was Ray Earl Martin, 53, president of oil field chemical producer Chem-O-Lene Inc., said Ventura County Deputy District Attorney Barry Klopfer.

Martin, the first Ventura County businessman to be arrested under a revised state law that took effect Jan. 1, was released on his own recognizance pending arraignment April 15.

The company is accused of allowing petroleum hydrocarbons, benzene, toluene, xylene and methyl alcohol and other contaminants to flow into the river.

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