Current Enforcement Actions
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.
City of Soledad – On June 30, 2014, the Central Coast Water Board Assistant Executive Officer issued Administrative Civil Liability Complaint No. R3-2014-0037 (Complaint, included in the proposed settlement linked below) for violations of Order No. 2003-0005-DWQ and Order No. 2013-0001-DWQ, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit No. CAS000004, Waste Discharge Requirements for Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems. The Complaint recommended liability in the amount of $28,500 in response to violations of the requirements to submit annual reports and file a Notice of Intent to Comply with Order No. 2013-0001-DWQ, which occurred from December 6, 2012, through January 8, 2014. On July 23, 2015, the Central Coast Water Board Assistant Executive Officer and the City of Soledad agreed to settle the alleged violations for $9,500 after considering new information provided after the Complaint was issued. The proposed settlement consists of the City’s payment of $9,500 to the State Water Resources Control 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. Settlement Agreement and Stipulation for Entry of Administrative Civil Liability Order No. R3-2015-0027 (Proposed) is hereby published on July 24, 2015, for public comment through August 23, 2015. If comments or information received during the 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: Jill North, 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or may email comments to Jill.North@waterboards.ca.gov.
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.
- Enforcement Actions Summary for Q1 2012
- Enforcement Actions Summary for Q2 2012
- Enforcement Actions Summary for Q3 2012
- Enforcement Actions Summary for Q4 2012
- Enforcement Actions Summary for Q1 2013
- Enforcement Actions Summary for Q2 2013
- Enforcement Actions Summary for Q3 2013
- Enforcement Actions Summary for Q4 2013
- Enforcement Actions Summary for Q1 2014
- Enforcement Actions Summary for Q2 2014
- Enforcement Actions Summary for Q3 2014
- Enforcement Actions Summary for Q4 2014
- Enforcement Actions Summary for Q1 2015
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.