CSPA Releases Report on Regional Board’s Failure to Comply with Pollution Control Regulations

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) has released an evaluation of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s (Regional Board) compliance with state and federal regulations governing the issuance of permits controlling discharges of municipal and industrial wastes to surface waters.  The report finds that the Regional Board has significantly modified its procedures for developing permits and is relying upon underground regulations that have not been publically circulated and adopted pursuant to legal rule making requirements.  Consequently, recent waste discharge permits issued by the Regional Board fail to comply with lawfully adopted regulations and are significantly less protective of water quality and critical beneficial uses of water, including fisheries and public health.

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