CSPA has settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit against Ruan Transport Corporation and Aartman Transport Corporation (collectively RUAN/Aartman) for violations of the California General Industrial Stormwater Permit. RUAN/Aartman operates a transport facility in Ripon California. The lawsuit alleged that the facility discharged polluted stormwater into the Ripon’s municipal storm drain system, which empties into the Stanislaus River and thence into the San Joaquin River and Delta.
The settlement agreement obligates RUAN/Aartman 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, RUAN/Aartman agreed to send $30,000 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. Lozeau/Drury LLP represented CSPA in this matter.