Enforcement

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.

  • South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District WWTP Expedited Payment Program Offer (Offer): Per the conditions described in the Central Coast Water Board Enforcement Unit’s December 12, 2017 Offer, the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District (District) signed the Acceptance of Conditional Resolution and Waiver of Right to Hearing; Settlement Agreement and Stipulation for Entry of Administrative Civil Liability Order No. R3-2017-0056 (Upon Execution) (Acceptance and Waiver), hereby published on January 5, 2018, for public comment through February 4, 2018.  The Offer proposes to resolve mandatory liability for $9,000 in response to three effluent limit violations that occurred from July 31, 2015, through May 3, 2017.  The Offer also provides the District with the opportunity to pay up to the maximum allowable $4,500 of the total liability towards existing Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs).  The District selected the option to pay $4,500 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.  The District will pay the remaining $4,500 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.
  • City of El Paso de Robles WWTP Expedited Payment Program Offer (Offer): Per the conditions described in the Central Coast Water Board Enforcement Unit’s December 29, 2017 Offer, the City of El Paso de Robles (City) signed the Acceptance of Conditional Resolution and Waiver of Right to Hearing; Settlement Agreement and Stipulation for Entry of Administrative Civil Liability Order No. R3-2017-0051 (Upon Execution) (Acceptance and Waiver), hereby published on January 12, 2018, for public comment through February 11, 2018.  The Offer proposes to resolve mandatory liability for $15,000 in response to five effluent limit violations that occurred from August 8, 2016, through July 11, 2017.  The City will pay the 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

  • Uni-Kool Partners Expedited Payment Program Offer (Offer): Per the conditions described in the State Water Resources Control Board Office of Enforcement’s December 7, 2017 Offer, Uni-Kool Partners signed the Acceptance of Conditional Resolution and Waiver of Right to Hearing; Settlement Agreement and Stipulation for Entry of Administrative Civil Liability Order No. OE-2017-XXXX (Upon Execution) (Acceptance and Waiver). The Office of Enforcement published the Acceptance and Waiver on January 16, 2018, for public comment through February 16, 2018.  The Offer proposes to resolve mandatory liability in the amount of $120,000 in response to effluent limit violations that occurred from June 7, 2007, through June 30, 2017.  Please refer to the State Water Board – Office of Enforcement Complaints, Judgments, Disciplinary Actions, and News Releases webpage for the signed Acceptance and Waiver, and the Public Notice with instructions on how to submit written comments.

South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Enforcement Action (select this link to see a dedicated web page) [Updated 10/21/16 for issuance of final order]

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

Water Quality Enforcement Policy

Please visit the State Water Resources Control Board's Water Quality Enforcement Policy website for information about the Policy. There you can view and download the 2017 Water Quality Enforcement Policy (effective October 5, 2017) and the associated 2017 Penalty Methodology Spreadsheet. The 2017 Enforcement Policy will apply to violations that occur from October 5, 2017 onward. For violations that occurred before that date and therefore during the effect of the previous 2009 Enforcement Policy, also available is the memo Application of the 2009 and 2017 Enforcement Policies, which describes how the state and regional boards intend to apply each version of the Policy for such violations.

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.

The State Water Board's Office of Enforcement Supplemental Environmental Project website provides information about the current SEP Policy, the 2017 proposed revisions to the Policy, submitting project proposals, active SEPs, and completed SEPs.

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) Quarterly Enforcement Reports

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 Enforcement 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.