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Major Bay area waste management company found liable for multiple federal environmental violations California Waste Solutions facing hefty fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Release Date: 09/03/2008
Contact Information: Mary Simms, (415) 947-4270
SAN FRANCISCO – One of the largest providers of waste management services in the Bay area is facing penalties from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, after being been found liable for numerous violations of the Clean Water Act. The company, California Waste Solutions, provides waste management services for large portions of Oakland and San Jose.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspectors found evidence California Waste Solutions violated its permit and discharged waste and other pollutants into nearby waterways in three locations for nearly 5 years.
“The EPA requires companies to take simple, basic steps to prevent pollution," said Alexis Strauss, Water Division Director for EPA's Pacific Southwest region. "We expect a company responsible for large municipal contracts in the Bay to protect San Francisco Bay, and comply with federal and state pollution requirements."
At the San Jose facility, at least 35 rainfall incidents caused surface water runoff to discharge litter, zinc, recyclables, and other pollutants into Coyote creek – a tributary to the San Francisco Bay.
At two CWS Oakland facilities, at least 74 rainfall incidents caused surface water runoff to discharge litter and debris into the San Francisco Bay's Oakland waterfront.
The Oakland Shoreline and Coyote Creek are home to Endangered Species Act-listed species. Coyote Creek provides critical habitat for California Central Coast Steelhead trout.
Storm water is a national priority for the EPA. Storm water runoff from urban areas can include a variety of pollutants, such as sediment, bacteria, organic nutrients, hydrocarbons, metals, oil and grease. Discharges of these pollutants can harm the environment and public health.
The Clean Water Act requires waste management companies to have controls in place to prevent pollutants from being discharged with storm water into nearby waterways. They must have a storm water pollution prevention plan that sets guidelines and best management practices to follow, to prevent runoff from being contaminated by pollutants.
Links to municipal area maps for waste management service providers:
Oakland -- http://www.oaklandrecycles.com/AssetFactory.aspx?did=805
San Jose -- http://www.sjrecycles.org/residents/pdf/HaulerMap_0607.pdf
Addresses of California Waste Solutions facilities where violations were found:
California Waste Solutions, Inc: 1820 Tenth Street, Oakland, CA
California Waste Solutions, Inc: 1005 Timothy Drive, San Jose, CA
California Waste Solutions, Inc: 3300 Wood Street, Oakland California
Hi-Res Photos are available on-line at: https://www.epa.gov/region09/press_media/BayAreaWaste/