CSPA settles lawsuit against Redding Pipe Manufacturer for illegal pollution

On 15 December 2001, CSPA settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit against Contech Construction Products, Inc. regarding serious violations of the California General Industrial Stormwater Permit.  Contech Construction Products’ 33-acre facility in Redding California manufactures culvert pipe and discharges polluted stormwater to Canyon Hallow Creek and the thence the Sacramento River and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

A 60-day notice letter of intent to sue was sent in February 2010 and a lawsuit was filed in federal court 14 April 2009.  The lawsuit alleged that the facility illegally discharged excessive concentrations of zinc, iron, aluminum, total suspended solids, oil & grease and other pollutants in violation of their stormwater permit and the Clean Water Act.  Contech Construction Products also failed to develop, implement and update: 1) Best Available and Best Conventional Treatment Technologies; 2) an adequate Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP); and 3) an adequate monitoring and reporting plan.  It also accused the operators of falsely certifying compliance in their annual reports.

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 Contech Construction 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, Melrose Metal Products agreed to send $42,500 to the Rose Foundation for a Better 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.

Jackson & Tuerck and the Law Offices of Andrew Packard represented CSPA in this matter.   Settlement Agreement

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