Dec 02, 2021

Los Angeles Waterkeeper Sues Senior Aerospace SSP Over Clean Water Act Violations

The pollution is in violation of the company’s EPA-approved California Storm Water Permit and the Clean Water Act, said the complaint.

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The Los Angeles Waterkeeper filed a complaint in the Central District of California against Senior Operations LLC for violating the Clean Water Act and California’s Storm Water Permit.

Senior Operations LLC is a Delaware corporation doing business as Senior Aerospace SSP in Burbank, California, reported Law Street Media.

The defendant owns and operates a facility in Burbank for: designing and manufacturing high-pressure air ducting systems; precision sheet metal fabrications; and other fabricated metal parts for the aerospace industry. 

The complaint notes that in order to discharge storm water lawfully in California, an industrial discharger must secure a California Storm Water Permit authorized under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and approved by the EPA. 

Senior Operations LLC has improperly stored its industrial materials, which has resulted in the discharge of polluted storm water, containing impermissible levels of TSS, zinc, aluminum, lead and iron, into the Los Angeles River, the Queensway Bay and connecting waterways, alleges the complaint.  

The pollution is in violation of the company’s EPA-approved California Storm Water Permit and the CWA, said the complaint. Elevated level of pollutants in storm water is prohibited and Senior Operations LLC failed to adhere to the monitoring and reporting requirements. The company’s current Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan is also in violation of its California Storm Water Permit.

The plaintiff is seeking declaratory and injunctive relief and civil penalties of $56,460.00 per day for each violation as permitted by 33 U.S.C. § 1319(d) for the alleged violation of California Storm Water Permits and the Clean Water Act, reported Law Street Media.

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