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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.

  • Samuel Lopez / Sammy’s Auto Dismantling (Permittee) Expedited Payment Program Offer (Offer): Per the conditions described in the Central Coast Water Board Enforcement Unit’s February 18, 2015 Offer, the Permittee signed the Acceptance of Conditional Resolution and Waiver of Right to Hearing; (proposed) Order No. R3-2015-0005, hereby published on May 8, 2015, for public comment through June 7, 2015.  The Offer proposes to resolve mandatory liability in the amount of $2,660 in response to the Permittee’s failure to submit its 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Stormwater Industrial Annual Reports by July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, respectively, conditioned on the Permittee’s submittal of the overdue annual reports.  The Permittee will pay the mandatory liability to the State Water Resources Control Board Waste Discharge Permit Fund.  According to the requirements of the California Water Code, the California State Legislature may make these funds available to the Central Coast Water Board to carry out storm water programs.  If comments or information received during the public comment period do not reasonably affect the proposed settlement, the Assistant Executive Officer will present a stipulated order to the Central Coast Water Board or its Executive Officer for adoption.  The public may submit written comments to: Central Coast Water Board, Attention: Jill North, 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or may email comments to Jill.North@waterboards.ca.gov.

  • Dynegy Moss Landing Power Plant Expedited Payment Program Offer (Offer): Per the conditions described in the Central Coast Water Board Enforcement Unit’s April 28, 2015 Offer, Dynegy Moss Landing signed the Acceptance of Conditional Resolution and Waiver of Right to Hearing; Settlement Agreement and Stipulation for Entry of Administrative Civil Liability Order No. R3-2015-0018 (Upon Execution) (Acceptance and Waiver), hereby published on May 8, 2015, for public comment through June 7, 2015.  The Offer proposes to resolve mandatory liability in the amount of $3,000 in response to an effluent limit violation that occurred on December 17, 2010.  The Offer also provides Dynegy Moss Landing with the opportunity to pay up to the maximum allowable $1,500 of the total liability towards existing Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs).  Dynegy Moss Landing selected the option to pay $1,500 towards the Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program – Groundwater Assessment and Protection program (CCAMP-GAP) SEP, 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.  Dynegy Moss Landing will pay the remaining $1,500 of mandatory liability 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.  If comments or information received during the public comment period do not reasonably affect the proposed settlement, the Assistant Executive Officer will present the Acceptance and Waiver to the Central Coast Water Board or its Executive Officer for adoption.  The public may submit written comments to: Central Coast Water Board, Attention: Thea Tryon, 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or may email comments to thea.tryon@waterboards.ca.gov.

  • Dynegy Morro Bay Power Plant Expedited Payment Program Offer (Offer): Per the conditions described in the Central Coast Water Board Enforcement Unit’s April 28, 2015 Offer, Dynegy Morro Bay signed the Acceptance of Conditional Resolution and Waiver of Right to Hearing; Settlement Agreement and Stipulation for Entry of Administrative Civil Liability Order No. R3-2015-0019 (Upon Execution) (Acceptance and Waiver), hereby published on May 8, 2015, for public comment through June 7, 2015.  The Offer proposes to resolve mandatory liability in the amount of $3,000 in response to an effluent limit violation that occurred on July 26, 2011.  The Offer also provides Dynegy Morro Bay with the opportunity to pay up to the maximum allowable $1,500 of the total liability towards existing Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs).  Dynegy Morro Bay selected the option to pay $1,500 towards the Central Coast Ambient Monitoring Program – Groundwater Assessment and Protection program (CCAMP-GAP) SEP, 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.  Dynegy Morro Bay will pay the remaining $1,500 of mandatory liability 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.  If comments or information received during the public comment period do not reasonably affect the proposed settlement, the Assistant Executive Officer will present the Acceptance and Waiver to the Central Coast Water Board or its Executive Officer for adoption.  The public may submit written comments to: Central Coast Water Board, Attention: Thea Tryon, 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or may email comments to thea.tryon@waterboards.ca.gov.

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

Ca. Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation / Ca. Men’s Colony – On May 6, 2015, the Central Coast Water Board Assistant Executive Officer issued Proposed Order No. R3-2015-0001, Settlement Agreement and Stipulation for Entry of Administrative Civil Liability Order (Proposed Settlement) for violations of Order No. R3-2006-0032 and Order No. R3-2012-0027, NPDES Permit No. CA0047856.  The Proposed Settlement recommends liability in the amount of $492,000 in response to effluent violations occurring from January 8, 2013 through January 31, 2015.  The Proposed Settlement includes $166,138.87 for a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) to fund groundwater quality monitoring and assessment, and $87,361.13 for a SEP to fund a study that evaluates the potential regionalization of the California Men’s Colony Wastewater Treatment Plant by enhancing the facility’s treatment capacity and expanding the areas served to include the communities of Morro Bay and Cayucos Sanitary District.  The Ca. Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would pay the remaining $238,500 of mandatory liability 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. The Proposed Settlement is hereby published on May 6, 2015, for public comment through June 5, 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: Thea Tryon, 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 101, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or may email comments to thea.tryon@waterboards.ca.gov

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.