“Most people even don’t know their permit is up for renewal,” she said. “I’m asking that the council deny approval of the permit.” The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has scheduled an informational meeting for 5 p.m. March 8, to be followed by a public hearing on the permit at 6:30 p.m. Both will be held at El Rancho High School, 6501 Passons Blvd. Officials also will take written comments. Robert Kou, an operations enforcement supervisor with the Department of Toxic Substances Control, which has overseen the site for the past 10 years, said officials from his agency inspected the site in 1998 and again in 2000 and found no violations. “We have not seen any complaints or claims within the last nine years,” he said. “We do have another inspection scheduled this year.” Gas Co. spokesman Peter Hidalgo said residents and businesses have no reason to be concerned. “We continue to be ultra-sensitive to residents and neighbors,” he said. “We have a track record as a responsible corporate citizen.” The Gas Co. uses the facility to store and ship materials such as small tools, pipes, paint and gas meters that are used at other Gas Co. facilities throughout Southern California, Hidalgo said. He said the materials kept there are “low-level hazards.” “We’re not dealing with jet fuels or anything like that,” Hidalgo added. “We have had very positive and very transparent operations in Pico Rivera. There’s nothing for us to hide and that’s how it has been for decades.” Still, Salazar is worried about what might go wrong. And she has received the support of Community for Truth in Politics, or C-TIP, a local activist group. “We’re going to do anything we can to make the issue an issue of common knowledge,” said Raul Murga, C-TIP’s executive director. “Our group was created to raise awareness of all issues concerning residents, voters, students and seniors. And any issues that affect residents, we will support.” Sandy Friedman, spokeswoman for the Department of Toxic Substances Control, said her agency regularly conducts public comment periods on pending permits and also holds public hearings as a matter of policy. “The comment period allows the public to say, `This will disturb me in this way.’ Our goal is to find out anything that they are concerned about,” she said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – For Henrietta Salazar, a hazardous-waste storage facility next to railroad tracks in her Pico Rivera neighborhood is a potentially deadly combination. “You’re storing gallons of this stuff, and if we ever had a derailment, none of us would make it out of here,” she said. Salazar and a local residents’ activist group are trying to drum up public attention now that the storage facility at 1801 Rosemead Blvd., which is owned and maintained by the Southern California Gas Co., is facing a permit renewal process. Specifically, she and others are trying to spread the word about an upcoming public hearing on the permit.