CSPA settles lawsuit against Cook Concrete for illegal pollution

On 17 September 2010, CSPA settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit against Cook Concrete Products, Inc. regarding serious violations of the California General Industrial Stormwater Permit.  Cook Concrete operates a concrete manufacturing facility in Redding, California.  The facility discharges pollutants to the local stormwater conveyance system, which drains into the Sacramento River and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  

A 60-day notice letter of intent to sue was sent in March 2010 and a lawsuit was filed in federal court in May 2010.  The actions alleged that the facility illegally discharged excessive concentrations of pollutants in violation of their stormwater permit and the Clean Water Act.  Cook Concrete Products also failed to develop, implement and update an adequate Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and an adequate monitoring and reporting plan.

The Settlement Agreement has been submitted to the court as an enforceable Consent Decree and to the U.S. Department of Justice for review.  It obligates Cook Concrete Products to: 1) comply fully with the applicable requirements of the General Permit and Clean Water Act; 2) implement a suite of Best Management and Housekeeping Practices; 3) develop and implement a number of structural improvements; 4) conduct more frequent, comprehensive monitoring during rain events, and 5) prepare an adequate SWPPP.  The agreement incorporates  “Meet & Confer” provisions that allow CSPA to return to court for enforcement if pollutant benchmarks continue to be exceeded and the parties cannot agree on additional measures to be implemented.

As mitigation for past violations, Cook Concrete Products agreed to send $35,000 to the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment to fund environmental projects that will improve water quality.  They also agreed to reimburse CSPA’s costs of bringing suit plus funds to oversee implementation of the agreement.

The Law Offices of Andrew Packard and Jackson & Tuerck represented CSPA in this matter.

CSPA v Cook Concrete Products: Settlement

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