California’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters

(EnviroNews California) — While talking with Erin Brokovich, the question about the worst environmental disasters in California history came up.

The following list of the top 10 man-made environmental disasters that California has ever experienced contains some disturbing information about what the government and corporations have done and not done when it comes to nuclear waste disposal, dried up lakes, fossil fuel leaks, pesticide spills and other issues.

The list is by no means exhaustive and focuses on disasters that have been largely ignored – both by mainstream media and the government that is supposed to protect people from the ravages of environmental degradation and the corporations responsible for it. Some of those disasters are even the result of government negligence and ignorance.

Environews recognizes that the worst disaster is the one that has personally affected you. We want to be sensitive to your worries when it comes to environmental issues. If you have something that you would like to add, please use the comment section. We only ask that you keep it civil, because the only way we will ever be able to create the change we want to see is if we can all communicate openly with one another.

Go to Mono Lake ranked #10 on our list.

  • California’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters: #1 – Rocketdyne
  • California’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters: #2 – Farallon Islands
  • California’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters: #3 – Salton Sea
  • California’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters: #4 – Lakeview Gusher Number One
  • California’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters: #5 – Chevron Richmond Refinery
  • Chevron El Segundo RefineryCalifornia’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters: #6 – Chevron El Segundo
  • Countless fish gasp for air and attempt to jump out of the Shasta river during one of California's most destructive chemical spills.California’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters: #7 – Cantara Loop Spill
  • California’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters: #8 – Converse Basin
  • California’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters: #9 – Owens Lake
  • California’s Top 10 Environmental Disasters: #10 – Mono Lake