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L.A. water group accuses waste management company of pollution

By Wadi Reformado | Mar 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — A  nonprofit water protection group is suing USA Waste of California, Inc., claiming the waste management corporation discharges polluted stormwater from its industrial facility in violation of federal law.

Los Angeles Waterkeeper filed a complaint March 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against USA Waste of California, Inc. alleging violations of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Los Angeles Waterkeeper suffered damages on behalf of the public. The plaintiff holds USA Waste of California, Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly discharges polluted storm water which contributes to the impairment of aquatic wildlife.

The plaintiff seeks enjoin the defendant, order the defendant to immediately implement storm water pollution control and treatment technologies, pay civil penalties of up to $37,500 per day per violation, and up to $51,570 for violations occurring after November 2, 2015, order the defendant to take appropriate actions to restore the quality of waters impaired by their activities, pay all legal fees and any other relief as this court deems just. Plaintiff is represented by Michael R. Lozeau and Douglas J. Chermak of Lozeau Drury in Oakland, California, and by Los Angeles Waterkeeper staff attorneys Arthur Pugsley and Melissa Kelly.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:17-cv-01646-CAS-KS

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