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California man alleges Blair Adhesive Products is discharging polluted stormwater into watershed

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By Charmaine Little | Nov 4, 2019

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LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California man alleges a company in the state is polluting the San Gabriel River Watershed from its Santa Fe Springs facility.

Edgar Villalpando filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California on Oct. 7 against Blair Adhesive Products alleging violation of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, or Clean Water Act.

“Since at least July 24, 2014, defendant has been discharging and continues to discharge polluted stormwater from the facility in violation of the express terms and conditions of Sections 301 and 402 of the CWA,” Villalpando alleges in his lawsuit.

Villalpando alleges he uses and enjoys the waters of Coyote Creek, which is part of the San Gabriel River Watershed, and his enjoyment of the waters is negatively affected by the defendant's alleged pollution.

He seeks an order for the defendant to restore all water damaged by the defendant's alleged illegal discharges, to enjoin the defendant from discharging pollutants, and to pay civil penalties of no more than $51,570 for each day for each violation after Nov. 2, 2015, and $37,500 per day per violations after Jan. 12, 2009, and prior to Nov. 2, 2015. He also requests a trial by jury.

Villalpando is represented by Evan J. Smith and Ryan P. Cardona of Brodsky & Smith LLC in Beverly Hills, California.

U.S. District Court in the Central District of California case number 2:19-cv-08611

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