NEW YORK A California
environmental group has filed a lawsuit against Pacific Steel
Casting Co. for allegedly allowing stormwater runoff to be
discharged into the San Francisco Bay.
San Francisco Baykeeper claims
that the Berkeley, Calif.-based steel foundry has discharged
stormwater runoff from its plant near the bay during heavy
rainfalls, in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.
"The polluted stormwater
discharged from the facility during every significant rain
event contains pollutants harmful to fish, plant, bird life and
human health," including aluminum, copper, iron, lead, zinc,
chemical solvents and fuels, the nonprofit organization said in
the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in California.
The lawsuit also claims that
Pacific Steel has not developed an adequate stormwater
pollution prevention plan that would assess pollutant sources,
and also has not established practices to treat and remove
pollutants prior to discharge.
The lawsuit is asking for civil
penalties of up to $32,500 for all violations from March 15,
2004, to Jan. 12, 2009, and $37,500 per day for violations
thereafter. San Francisco Baykeeper also is asking the court to
force Pacific Steel to gain compliance with the Clean Water
Attorneys for Pacific Steel and
San Francisco Baykeeper declined to comment.