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San Bernardino National Forest searching for those responsible of illegally dumping oil near Oak Hills

OAK HILLS, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The San Bernardino National Forest is searching for the individual or individuals responsible for illegally dumping motor oil on forest land and is asking the public for help with any leads.

The oil was discovered on Jan. 18 on the side of Forest Service Road 3N45. The site is accessible from the Oak Hills exit on Interstate 15, near the Cajon Pass.

Approximately 200 gallons of used engine oil in five-quart containers and five-gallon buckets were illegally discarded. Containers were labeled ExxonMobil Oil Corporation and all the containers had barcodes. Some of the barcode numbers are: 7192444823, 2140040444, 7192444820 and 9236356611.

(A contracted hazardous material worker had to clean up illegal dumped oil on Forest Service Road 3N45, Feb. 15. USDA Forest Service photo.)

Anyone with information about the illegal dump can call USDA Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Ishmill Lett at (626) 340-5587 during business hours and can call (909) 383-5594 after hours.

“Dumping is something we take very seriously,” Lett said. “It’s not only illegal in California, but it is a federal crime. Hazardous illegal dumping causes a tremendous amount of resource damage by polluting the environment, which simultaneously affects wildlife. We are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect or suspects responsible for this violation.”

(Used engine oil contaminated the ground at a site of an illegal oil dump on Forest Service Road 3N45 in January. USDA Forest Service photo.)

According to Lett, the action violates California penal code 374.3, which makes it illegal to dump on public and private property punishable by a fine of up to $10,000. Also, pursuant to section 117555 of the California health and safety code, a person who dumps illegally is punishable by up to six months in jail.

Photos of the dump site show containers stacked and strewn in a pile; oil contaminated the ground and other trash was discarded as well.

(The map shows the location of an illegal oil dump on Forest Service Road 3N45, which is near the Oak Hills Road exit on Interstate 15 at the Cajon Pass. USDA Forest Service photo.)

The site had to be cleaned up by a contracted hazardous material crew, who completed the job Feb. 15. 

(One of the containers of oil that was illegally dumped on Forest Service Road 3N45 is labeled ExxonMobil Oil Corporation and has a barcode number of 7192444820. USDA Forest Service photo.)
pproximately 200 gallons of used engine oil in five-quart containers and five-gallon buckets were illegally discarded on Forest Service Road 3N45 in January. Containers were labeled ExxonMobil Oil Corporation and all the containers had barcodes. Some of the barcode numbers are: 7192444823, 2140040444, 7192444820 and 9236356611. USDA Forest Service photo.
(Approximately 200 gallons of used engine oil in five-quart containers and five-gallon buckets were illegally discarded on Forest Service Road 3N45 in January. Containers were labeled ExxonMobil Oil Corporation and all the containers had barcodes. Some of the barcode numbers are: 7192444823, 2140040444, 7192444820 and 9236356611. USDA Forest Service photo.)

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