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Expedited Payment Program - The Central Coast Water Board Enforcement Unit has issued a conditional offer to participate in the Central Coast Water Board’s Expedited Payment Program for the following bulleted parties to settle violations subject to mandatory minimum penalties pursuant to California Water Code sections 13385(h) and (i), and sections 13399.33(c) and (d). The listed recipients have agreed to pay the penalties proposed by the Assistant Executive Officer, pending public comment and subject to approval by the Central Coast Water Board or its Executive Officer.

  • None at this time.

Santa Cruz County Sanitation District – On July 18, 2014, the Central Coast Water Board Assistant Executive Officer and the Santa Cruz County Sanitation District agreed to settle the alleged violation of Clean Water Act section 301 and Statewide Waste Discharge Requirements for Sanitary Sewer Systems, State Water Board Order No. 2006-0003-DWQ for $276,212.22.  Order No. R3-2014-0038, Settlement Agreement and Stipulation for Entry of Administrative Civil Liability Order (Proposed) is hereby published on July 24, 2014, for public comment through August 24, 2014.  The proposed Order alleges that the District failed to prevent sanitary sewer overflows commencing on March 26, 2011, April 18, 2011, and January 13, 2014, which together spilled an estimated 136,411 gallons of untreated sewage to the ground and state and federal surface waters.  The proposed Order allows the District to pay one half of the total liability, or $138,106.11, towards an Enhanced Compliance Action project to construct an underground detention structure to temporarily capture flows during high intensity wet weather events.  The proposed Order requires the District to pay the remaining half of the total liability, or $138,106.11, to the State Water Board Cleanup and Abatement Account, which provides grants to clean up pollution in cases where no viable responsible party is available, or for habitat restoration, studies, monitoring, and planning activities.  If comments or information received during this public comment period do not reasonably affect the proposed settlement, the Assistant Executive Officer will present the Order to the Central Coast Water Board or its Executive Officer for adoption.  The public may submit written comments to: Central Coast Water Board, Attn: Harvey Packard, 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or may email comments to Harvey.Packard@waterboards.ca.gov.

South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Enforcement Action

Greka Oil & Gas, Inc. - On May 13, 2010, the Central Coast Water Board adopted Stipulated Administrative Civil Liability Order No. R3-2010-0034 imposing a $1.2 million penalty on Greka to settle allegations that Greka violated cleanup requirements applying to petroleum-impacted waste materials stored throughout its facilities in Santa Barbara County. The Water Board issued a news release on May 19, 2010.

Greka Oil & Gas, Inc. - July 10, 2009 Resolution No. R3-2009-0054 requesting that the Attorney General seek civil enforcement against Greka for alleged waste discharges (e.g., crude oil, produced water, residuary products of petroleum) to state and federal waters

Authorized Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP), Enhanced Compliance Actions (ECA), and Compliance Projects (CP) - Penalty Project Report

The Penalty Project Report allows the public to search for a list of enforcement actions associated with a SEP, ECA, and/or a CP, by specifying search criteria to obtain information on projects, including the monetary amount and status.  Please use this glossary to obtain definitions of the program acronyms listed on the search criteria page.

Water Code sections 13225(k) and 13323(e) Report

The Regional Water Boards are posting, on a quarterly interval, information related to all enforcement activities that are recorded in their data system. In addition, for administrative civil liability actions, they are providing information related to the initial assessment of the civil liability, the final assessment of civil liability and whether a hearing was waived. The following reports provide this information for the previous three years.

In addition to the summary information provided by these quarterly reports, access to enforcement information on a real-time basis is available to the public. This information can be accessed from the California Integrated Water Quality System (CIWQS) Public Reports page on the State Water Resources Control Board's Internet website.

Regular Water Board Agenda Reports.