Fishing group sues recycling center over harm to environment

Article from Legal Newsline.

By John O’Brien
Oct 7, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A California fishing group is suing Metech Recycling over its facility in Gilroy.

The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance filed suit Oct. 1 in federal court against Metech under the citizen suit enforcement provision of the Water Pollution Control Act.

Metech is accused of violating stormwater discharge requirements, but not by the federal Environmental Protection Agency or California regulators.

Pollutants from a hazardous waste storage area as well as electronics and other materials to be recycled are getting to the Llagas Creek and Pajaro River, the suit claims.

“CSPA is informed and believes… that pollutants associated with the facility include, but are not limited to: copper, total suspended solids, aluminum, cadmium, magnesium, iron, zinc and oil and grease,” the suit says.

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