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CSPA Advisory June 6, 2010 

CSPA Sues Gustafson Auto Wrecking

By Bill Jennings, CSPA Executive Director
June 6, 2010 -- CSPA filed a lawsuit against Gustafson Auto Wrecking and Towing, Inc., for massive violations of the federal Clean Water Act and the state's General Industrial Stormwater Permit. The facility is a 9-acre auto dismantling facility in Redding California that discharges pollutants to Stillwater Creek, which flows into the Sacramento River and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The lawsuit alleges that waste discharges from the Gustafson facility egregiously 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) truthfully certify its annual reports.

The action asks the court to: 1) declare the Gustafson Auto Wrecking and Towing, Inc., to be in violation of the law; 2) enjoin Gustafson from discharging pollutants to surface waters and from further violating the substantive and procedural requirements of the permit; and 3) order Gustafson to immediately implement pollution control and treatment technologies, comply with monitoring and reporting requirements, take appropriate actions to restore the quality of waters impaired by their its activities, pay civil penalties for each day of violation and reimburse 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 lawsuit.