On 27 September 2014, CSPA settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit against Pick and Pull Auto Dismantlers, Pick and Pull Auto Dismantling, Inc., and Norprop, Inc. (collectively, PNP. for violations of the federal Clean Water Act and California’s General Industrial Stormwater Permit. PNP operates an automobile recycling facility in Sacramento, California. The lawsuit alleged that the facility discharged polluted stormwater into the Sacramento storm sewer system and local surface waters, including Elder and Morrison Creeks, which are tributaries to the Sacramento River.
The settlement agreement obligates PNP 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, PNP agreed to send $35,000 to the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment to fund environmental projects to improve water quality in local watersheds. They also agreed to reimburse CSPA’s costs of bringing suit. Lawyers for Clean Water represented CSPA in this matter.