CSPA has settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit against Santa Rosa Stainless Steel Fabricators, Inc., for violations of the California General Industrial Stormwater Permit. Stainless Steel Fabricators operates a three-acre tank manufacturing facility in Santa Rosa, California. The lawsuit alleged that the facility discharged polluted stormwater into the Sonoma County Municipal Storm Sewer System that flows to Windsor Creek, to Mark West Creek thence to the Russian River.
The settlement agreement obligates Stainless Steel Fabricators 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, Stainless Steel Fabricators agreed to send $35,000 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. The Law Offices of Andrew Packard represented CSPA in this matter.