CSPA has settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit against Pick and Pull Auto Dismantling, Inc., for violations of the California General Industrial Stormwater Permit. Pick and Pull operates an automobile dismantling and used auto parts facility in Rancho Cordova, California. The lawsuit alleged that the facility discharged polluted stormwater into storm drains, Morrison Creek, the Stone Lake National Wildlife Refuge and thence to the Delta.
The settlement agreement obligates Pick and Pull 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, Pick and Pull 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. Lawyers for Clean Water represented CSPA in this matter.