On 14 September 2014, CSPA settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit against Jensen Precast for violations of the California General Industrial Stormwater Permit. Jensen Precast operates a concrete product manufacturing and fabrication facility in Sacramento, California. The lawsuit alleged that the facility discharged polluted stormwater into Magpie Creek, which flows to Steelhead Creek, which discharges to the Sacramento River.
The settlement agreement obligates Jensen Precast 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, Jensen Precast agreed to send $37,500 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.