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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.

George Amaral; Amaral Ranches, Inc.; and Dorothy Metzger, as trustee for the Dorothy Metzger Trust – On June 28, 2016, the Central Coast Water Board Assistant Executive Officer and George Amaral; Amaral Ranches, Inc.; and Dorothy Metzger, as trustee for the Dorothy Metzger Trust (Amaral Parties) agreed to settle the alleged violation of the Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges from Irrigated Lands, Order No. R3-2012-0011 as modified by Order No. WQ-2013-010 (Agricultural Order) for $47,590.  Tentative Settlement Agreement and Stipulation for Entry of Administrative Civil Liability Order No. R3-2016-0008 (Order) is hereby published on June 30, 2016, for public comment through July 30, 2016.  The tentative Order alleges that the Amaral Parties violated the Agricultural Order when they failed to enroll six parcels comprising 527 irrigated acres by July 28, 2015.  The tentative Order allows the Amaral Parties to pay $23,795 of the total liability to the Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program – Groundwater Assessment and Protection program (CCAMP-GAP) as a Supplemental Environmental Project, which will result in ground water monitoring to characterize water quality in the Central Coast region with focus on providing the public with information about the safety of their drinking water, and providing drinking water for disadvantaged communities.  The tentative Order requires the Amaral Parties to pay the remaining $23,795 of the total liability 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: Thea Tryon, 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or may email comments to Thea.Tryon@waterboards.ca.gov.

The City of El Paso de Robles – The City of El Paso de Robles (City) is unable to immediately achieve compliance with effluent limitations for trihalomethanes (THMs) prescribed in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit No. CA0047953, Order No. R3-2011-0002 (Permit).  In 2015, the City made substantial upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant to comply with nitrogen removal requirements.  As a result of that upgrade, the City’s wastewater treatment plant now uses a process known as chloramination to disinfect its treated effluent, which is promoting the formation of THMs in the City’s effluent at concentrations above Permit limitations.  While the City’s recent treatment process control sampling indicates that the City is making measureable progress to successfully implement chloramination as a disinfection strategy and comply with THM effluent limitations, the formation of THMs continues to violate final effluent limitations.  

In accordance with California Water Code section 13300, Draft Time Schedule Order No. R3-2016-0033 (Draft TSO) provides an opportunity for the City to make the necessary operational adjustments and potential equipment procurement to achieve compliance via chloramination.  If the City cannot successfully implement chloramination, then the TSO will require the City to develop an alternate disinfection approach capable of complying with THMs effluent limitations.  The Draft TSO is hereby published on June 14, 2016, for public comment through July 14, 2016.  The public may submit written comments to: Central Coast Water Board, Attn: Katie DiSimone, 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or may email comments to Katie.Disimone@waterboards.ca.gov

Carpinteria Sanitary District WWTP Enforcement Action (select this link to see a dedicated web page)

South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Enforcement Action (select this link to see a dedicated web page)

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.

Administrative Civil Liabilities

The Fact Sheet describes the process that Water Boards follow in imposing administrative civil liabilities.

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

To view Enforcement Reports provided in the Central Coast Water Board's regular agendas, please go to the Board Meetings web page, select the year of interest and then the meeting agenda. Once viewing the agenda, select the item titled Enforcement Report.