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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.

  • No Expedited Payment Program cases at this time.

Cambria Community Services District (District) Emergency Water Supply Project – [PENALTY RESOLVED. WATER BOARD ITEM DATE CHANGE TO JULY 13, 2017] On April 18, 2017, the Central Coast Water Board Assistant Executive Officer issued Administrative Civil Liability Complaint No. R3-2017-0015 in the Matter of Cambria Community Services District, San Luis Obispo County (Complaint), hereby posted for public comment on May 1, 2017. The Complaint alleges that the District submitted numerous late self-monitoring reports in violation of Waste Discharge Requirements Order No. R3-2014-0050, and proposes to assess $53,596 in administrative civil liability against the District.  A public hearing on this matter was scheduled for the Central Coast Water Board’s regular meeting on July 14, 2017 in Watsonville, and documents related to those proposed proceedings are available below.  As discussed below, on May 3, 2017, the District waived its right to a hearing and paid the proposed penalty.  Therefore the Central Coast Water Board will not hold a hearing on this matter, but will instead schedule an informational item on July 13, 2017 (please see the May 26, 2017 update below, and note the date change for this matter).  The public is invited to revisit this notice to stay updated as new information may be added.  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

Related Documents & Updates

  • April 18, 2017 – Administrative Civil Liability Complaint No. R3-2017-0015.  Included in this document are:
    • Attachment A – Economic Benefit Analysis
    • Attachment B – Factor Consideration and Penalty Calculation Methodology
    • Complaint Waiver Form
    • Proposed Notice of Public Hearing and Procedures (see final below)
    • Administrative Civil Liability Fact Sheet
  • April 27, 2017 - Clarifications for Administrative Civil Liability Complaint No. R3-2017-0015.  This letter provides clarifications of findings and documents referenced within the Complaint and its attachments.  The clarifications correct minor errors and are non-substantive in that they do not change the alleged violations, application of the Enforcement Policy methodology, proposed administrative civil liability amount ($53,596), Complaint Waiver Form, or Notice of Public Hearing and Procedures.
  • April 28, 2017 - Final Notice of Public Hearing and Procedures for hearing formerly scheduled for July 14, 2017 in Watsonville, CA. As discussed above and in the updates below, the Water Board will not hold the hearing proposed for July 14, 2017, but will instead schedule an informational item for July 13, 2017 in Watsonville (please note the date change).
  • May 3, 2017 - Signed Complaint Waiver Form. As provided for in the April 18, 2017 Complaint, this document indicates that the District waives its right to a public hearing before the Central Coast Water Board, accepts the liability recommended in the Complaint, and transmits a copy of the District's payment for $53,596. The Central Coast Water Board may elect to accept or reject the proposed resolution for the recommended liability. Central Coast Water Board staff will post further information on these proceedings when available.
  • May 26, 2017 - The Advisory Team responded via email to the Prosecution Team’s above letter dated May 26, 2017, confirming there will not be a hearing at the Central Coast Water Board meeting on Administrative Civil Liability Order No. R3-2017-0015 because the District waived the right to a hearing and paid the Complaint’s proposed penalty of $53,596.  There will instead be an informational item on the Order on July 13, 2017, at the Water Board's regular meeting in Watsonville to allow the Water Board and public to comment (note the change in date from the originally scheduled hearing on July 14th).  Administrative Civil Liability Order No. R3-2017-0015 is considered final and the Water Board will not be taking any action during the informational item.

Cambria Community Services District (District) Class II Surface Impoundment – [HEARING DATE CHANGE TO JULY 13, 2017] On April 18, 2017, the Central Coast Water Board Assistant Executive Officer issued Tentative Cease and Desist Order No. R3-2017-0016 Requiring Cambria Community Services District to Cease and Desist Discharging Waste to Its Class II Surface Impoundment (Order), hereby posted for public comment on May 1, 2017. The Order alleges that the District is in violation of Waste Discharge Requirements Order No. R3-2014-0047.  If adopted, the Order would require the District to either discontinue using the surface impoundment for waste storage, or rehabilitate the surface impoundment before recommencing waste storage operations.  A public hearing on this matter was scheduled for the Central Coast Water Board’s regular meeting on July 14, 2017 in Watsonville, and documents related to these proceedings are available below. As discussed in the June 13, 2017 notice below, the Water Board hearing date is changed to July 13, 2017.  The public is invited to revisit this notice to stay updated as new information may be added.  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

Related Documents & Updates

  • April 28, 2017 - Final Notice of Public Hearing and Procedures for hearing formerly scheduled on July 14, 2017 in Watsonville, CA. As discussed above and in the updates below, the Water Board will hold the hearing on July 13, 2017, instead of the originally proposed date of July 14th.
  • June 13, 2017 - Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment by June 21, 2017 and Hearing Date Change memorializing the Advisory Team's above guidance from May 26, 2017. This notice changes the hearing date to Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Watsonville City Council Chambers at 275 Main Street, 4th Floor, in Watsonville. Please note this date change as previous correspondence indicated that the Water Board would hear this item on July 14th. This notice restates that the public can submit written, non-evidentiary policy statements by June 21, 2017, as originally provided in the April 28, 2017 Hearing Procedures. The public will also have the opportunity to speak at the July 13, 2017 hearing on this matter.
  • June 14, 2017 - Prosecution Team Comments on Tentative Cease and Desist Order. In accordance with the April 28, 2017 Final Notice of Public Hearing and Procedures, and the June 13, 2017 Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment, the Prosecution Team provided all parties with comments and recommended revisions to the Order.

Ranjit S. Tut – [COMPLAINT RESCINDED - FURTHER PROCEEDINGS ON THIS MATTER WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE] On April 18, 2017, the Central Coast Water Board Assistant Executive Officer issued Administrative Civil Liability Complaint No. R3-2017-0010 in the Matter of Ranjit S. Tut, Santa Cruz County (Complaint), hereby posted for public comment on May 1, 2017. The Complaint alleges that Mr. Tut failed to submit a 2014-2015 annual report, as required pursuant to the former statewide Water Quality Order No. 97-03- DWQ National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit No. CAS000001, Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges of Storm Water Associated with Industrial Activities (1997 General Permit), and failed to enroll under the new statewide Industrial General Permit for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activities (Order No. 2014-0057-DWQ) (new General Permit). The Complaint proposes to assess $50,000 in administrative civil liability against Mr. Tut. A public hearing on this matter was scheduled for the Central Coast Water Board’s regular meeting on July 14, 2017 in Watsonville, and documents related to these proceedings are available below. As noted below, on May 25, 2017, the Central Coast Water Board Prosecution Team rescinded the Complaint.  Further proceedings on this matter will be announced at a later date.  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

Related Documents & Updates

  • April 18, 2017 – Administrative Civil Liability Complaint No. R3-2017-0010.  Included in this document are:
    • Attachment A – Economic Benefit Analysis
    • Attachment B – Specific Factors Considered for the Proposed Civil Liability
    • Attachment C – Penalty Calculation Methodology Worksheet
    • Complaint Waiver Form
    • Proposed Notice of Public Hearing and Procedures (see final below)
    • Administrative Civil Liability Fact Sheet
  • April 28, 2017 – Clarifications for Administrative Civil Liability Complaint No. R3-2017-0010.  This letter notes that paragraph number 3 of the Complaint incorrectly states that the public hearing on this matter will be held in San Luis Obispo, California. The Proposed Notice of Public Hearing & Procedures correctly lists the hearing location as Watsonville, California.     
  • May 25, 2017 - Letter Rescinding Complaint. This letter serves to notify the discharger and any interested persons that based on newly discovered information, the Prosecution Team has decided to hereby rescind the Complaint. Central Coast Water Board staff intend to issue a revised complaint that proposes the imposition of administrative civil liability for the violations and further proceedings on this matter will be announced at a later date.

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) [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

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.