A Glenn County gravel mining operation faces a $675,000 fine for water quality violations, according to a news release from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.
According to the release, Orland Sand and Gravel Corporation and its owner Dale Bogart will pay the penalty for violating the terms of a judicially approved 2018 court settlement over impacts to water quality and natural stream beds near the quarry.
“This failure to comply with applicable laws, as well as our regional board of directives, resulted in avoidable impacts to water quality and gave this operation an unfair competitive advantage,” said Clint Snyder, assistant executive officer for the Central Valley Water Board, in the press release. “This operation was aware of their legal obligations and had they conducted their operations in accordance with those permits, impacts to water quality and the subsequent enforcement actions would have been avoided.
The recent judgment follows an April 2018 court-approved settlement agreement between the Orland Sand and Gravel Corporation, Bogart and the Central Valley Regional Water Control Board and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that provided for $175,000 in civil penalties plus an additional $500,000 in suspended penalties of the corporation or Bogart violated any of its terms, according to the press release.
On May 22, 2019, the court found that the corporation and Bogart violated several terms of the settlement and issued a judgment that includes civil penalties for violations of the federal Clean Water Act, the Water Code and the Fish and Game Code.
According to the news release, the enforcement action began when a complaint was filed on behalf of the two agencies by the State Attorney General following a 2014 inspection. Most of the violations resulted from the operations unlawfully extracting gravel from Stony Creek, discharging storm water to Stony Creek and discharging process water to unauthorized settling ponds without required permits.
When operators don’t follow rules outlined in permits, the result can be poor water quality and threats or damage to aquatic organisms and their habitat, according to the release.
The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board is a California state agency responsible for the preservation and enhancement of the quality of California’s water resources.
For more information, visit www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralvalley.