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CSPA Advisory July 13, 2010 

CSPA Sues Paradise Ready Mix

By Bill Jennings, CSPA Executive Director
July 13, 2010 -- CSPA filed a lawsuit against Paradise Ready Mix for massive violations of the federal Clean Water Act and the state's General Industrial Stormwater Permit. Paradise Ready Mix operates a 3-acre concrete manufacturing facility in Paradise, California, which discharges pollutants to storm drains and Honey Run Creek, which ultimately flow into the Sacramento River and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

The lawsuit alleges that waste discharges from the Paradise Ready Mix egregiously exceeds allowable standards and benchmarks for numerous pollutants, including total suspended solids, specific conductivity and pH. 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 and 3) develop and implement an adequate Monitoring and Reporting Program.

The action asks the court to: 1) declare Paradise Ready Mix to be in violation of the law, 2) enjoin defendant from discharging pollutants to surface waters, 3) enjoin defendant from further violating the substantive and procedural requirements of the permit, 4) order defendant to take appropriate actions to restore the quality of waters impaired by their activities and 5) pay civil penalties for each day of violation and 6) 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 lawsuit.