CSPA Settles Lawsuit Against Stockton Manufacturing Facility

CSPA has settled a Clean Water Act lawsuit against QBR Brake, Inc., for violations of the California General Industrial Stormwater Permit. QBR Brake operates a brake manufacturing facility in Stockton California.  The lawsuit alleged that the facility discharged polluted stormwater into Stockton’s storm drain system and thence into the San Joaquin River and Delta.

The settlement agreement obligates QBR Brake 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, QBR Brake agreed to send $42,500 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.

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