60 years ago

County lets contract for improvement of Vasco Road link: Work is to start in the near future on the remaining link in the new shortcut route from Brentwood to Livermore by Vasco Road, following award of a contract for the improvement of Walnut Boulevard between Marsh Creek and Camino Diablo roads. The contract went to M. Malifitano and Son, Pittsburg contractors, on a bid of $73,000.

The highway section is to be graded and surfaced with a crusher- run baserock and plant mixed surface over a distance of 1.51 miles.

Realignment will also eliminate the three dangerous curves where the present road follows the creek bank, and will provide adequate sight distance for present-day traffic.

At the southern end, the road connects with Vasco Road. The route is one which is believed to be used increasingly between Santa Clara Valley and Sacramento by the river road

25 years ago

USS-POSCO fined: The Environmental Protection Agency has fined USS-POSCO $20,000 for insufficient record-keeping and improper handling of PCB from transformers in the steel plant.

The fine, which the company has paid, stemmed from a surprise inspection conducted Nov. 4, 1987, said Robin Kreger, environmental protection specialist for the EPA in San Francisco. USS-POSCO was selected for the inspection at random, and not because of any complaints to the EPA.

Terry Wilson, a spokesman for the EPA, said the fine was the highest of about 15 assessed statewide since December 1987. The fines ranged from $5,000 to $20,000.

Wilson added, however, that the dollar amount did not necessarily mean USS-POSCO's violations were the most serious. San Diego Gas & Electric, for example, is paying only a $10,000 fine, but is removing PCB at a cost of $6 million.

-- Brentwood News and Antioch Ledger news files