CSPA has settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit against Georgia-Pacific Corporation for violations of the California General Industrial Stormwater Permit. Georgia-Pacific operates a gypsum product manufacturing facility in Antioch California. The lawsuit alleged that the facility discharged polluted stormwater into the city’s storm drain system and thence into the San Joaquin River and Delta.
The settlement agreement obligates Georgia-Pacific to comply fully with the Clean Water Act, develop and implement a suite of Best Management Practices and structural improvements, conduct more frequent and comprehensive monitoring and prepare an adequate Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. The agreement incorporates provisions that allow CSPA to return to court for enforcement if pollutant benchmarks continue to be exceeded.
As mitigation for past violations, Georgia-Pacific agreed to send $50,000 to the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment to fund environmental projects to improve water quality. They also agreed to reimburse CSPA’s costs of bringing suit. The Law Offices of Andrew Packard represented CSPA in this matter.