CSPA Advisory June 4, 2010
CSPA sends Notice of Intent to Sue to West Sonoma Disposal
Pollutants discharges above applicable limits include: total suspended solids, specific conductivity, chemical oxygen demand, pH, zinc, copper, lead, aluminum and oil & grease.
In addition to the facility's discharge of pollutants that exceed standards, West Sonoma County Disposal Service failed to: 1) prepare an adequate Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, 2) implement an adequate monitoring and reporting program; 3) sample required parameters; 4) install management measures to reduce or prevent pollutants from entering waterways and 5) file true and correct annual reports.
Pursuant to the citizen-suit provisions of the federal Clean Water Act, CSPA is required to send a potential defendant a notice letter informing them of the specific violations that have been identified. The USEPA, US Department of Justice, state Attorney General and the Regional Water Quality Board are copied and, if the agencies fail to initiate enforcement actions within 60 days, CSPA is free to file a lawsuit against the discharger. CSPA has offered to meet with West Sonoma County Disposal Service to see if the matter can be resolved prior to litigation.
Lozeau Drury LLP is representing CSPA in this matter.