LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California nonprofit working in environmental justice and pollution prevention alleges a company in the state is wrongfully discharging polluted storm water.
Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice filed a complaint on Aug. 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Imperial Pipe Services LLC citing the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the defendant is discharging polluted storm water from its Riverside, California facility into the Santa Ana River.
The plaintiff holds Imperial Pipe Services LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly has insufficient structural storm water control measures at the facility and its current management practices are inadequate to prevent contamination.
The plaintiff seeks to enjoin the defendant from discharging the water, order it to implement storm water pollution control and treatment, pay civil penalties of up to $37,500 per day per violation and up to $52,414 for violations occurring after Nov. 2, 2015, order the defendant to restore the quality of waters impaired by their activities, all legal fees, and any other relief as the court deems just. It is represented by Michael R. Lozeau and Douglas J. Chermak of Lozeau Drury LLP in Oakland, California.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 5:17-cv-01652-BRO-KS