LOS ANGELES California
structural steel fabricator SOS Steel Co. Inc. is confident it
will reach a settlement in a lawsuit filed earlier this month
by an San Francisco environmental group, company president
Steve Boucher said.
San Francisco Baykeeper, in a
lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., in
amm.com, March 22), alleged that SOS Steel
discharged stormwater into a tributary of San Francisco Bay in
violation of the U.S. Clean Water Act and the National
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
Boucher has met with members of
San Francisco Baykeeper and said he is optimistic that the
Santa Clara, Calif.-based company can resolve the charges. "We
feel we can accommodate the requirement, which is to keep
contamination out of the Bay," he said, noting that after the
filing he invited representatives of the nonprofit group to the
companys facility and brought SOS Steels
environmental consultant to the site, he said.
The two sides discussed what
steps could be taken to keep the runoff levels of metals, such
as zinc and iron, at acceptable levels. Such steps included
introducing new systems for filtering rainwater and collecting
samples from the drain.
"Weve implanted these, and
were ready to go," Boucher said, adding that hes
now waiting for the next rains to test the system.
A Baykeeper spokesman
couldnt be reached for comment.