- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

SANTA PAULA, Calif. (AP) - State prosecutors are joining a criminal case sparked by an explosion at a Southern California waste treatment plant that sent 52 people to hospitals.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office announced Tuesday that the state Department of Justice will join Ventura County in prosecuting seven company officials for hazardous waste crimes at the Santa Clara Wastewater Company facility in Santa Paula.

Authorities say a chemical reaction between sodium chlorite and sewage caused a November 2014 explosion that sent 10 firefighters and dozens of others to the hospital.

Two plant managers pleaded guilty last week to charges that included failing to warn of a serious concealed danger and improper storage of hazardous substances. Each faces up to three years in county jail.

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