A state hazardous wastes agency has won a temporary restraining order from a Contra Costa County Superior Court judge requiring a Richmond metal-plating company to remove toxic wastes from its facility.
The order against Electro-Forming Co. was granted by Judge Judith Craddick Friday at the request of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
It will be in effect until a Jan. 15 hearing on the agency's request for a longer-term preliminary injunction against the company.
The order requires the company to comply with state hazardous waste laws and regulations by removing wastes including cyanide and metal-containing liquids from its drums and tanks and by clearing contaminated buffing dust from its floors.
Electro-Forming is required to hire a qualified contractor to do the work and to report back to the DTSC within 48 hours of the removal.
A spokesman for the company was not immediately available for comment.
The state Attorney General's Office, acting on behalf of the DTSC, sued Electro-Forming and its owners in August.
The lawsuit alleged the company illegally disposed of hazardous waste in the street and on adjacent property; boiled off liquid plating waste and combined different types of hazardous waste in a tank.
DTSC Chief Counsel Reed Sato said in a statement, "This company has failed to comply with the rules that protect public health of the neighborhood around Electro-Forming. The state had to stop this reckless behavior."
Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, praised the agency's action.
"I'm heartened to see the state acting to clean up this hazardous site, but I'm concerned it took so long," Skinner said.