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CSPA Advisory June 7, 2010 

CSPA Sues City of Redding Over Municipal Landfill Pollution

By Bill Jennings, CSPA Executive Director
June 7, 2010 -- CSPA filed a lawsuit against the City of Redding California and it's City Manager, Kurt Starman, for massive violations of the federal Clean Water Act and the state's General Industrial Stormwater Permit. The city operates a 1,058-acre municipal landfill in Igor, California, which discharges pollutants to Dry Creek, a tributary of Cottonwood Creek, which flows to the Sacramento River and thence the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The lawsuit alleges that waste discharges from the landfill exceed allowable standards and benchmarks for numerous pollutants. It further alleges the facility has failed to: 1) develop and implement standard Best Available and Best Conventional Treatment Technologies, 2) develop and implement an adequate Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, 3) develop and implement an adequate Monitoring and Reporting Program and 4) falsely certified compliance in annual reports.

The action asks the court to: 1) declare the City of Redding Garbage to be in violation of the law, 2) enjoin defendant from discharging pollutants, 3) enjoin defendant from further violating the substantive and procedural requirements of the permit, 4) comply with monitoring and reporting requirements, 5) prepare a legally adequate Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, 6) pay civil penalties for each day of violation and 7) award CSPA the costs of bringing the complaint.

The Law Offices of Andrew Packard and Jackson & Tuerck are CSPA's attorneys in this matter.

Read the Suit.