LOS ANGELES A San
Francisco environmental group has filed a lawsuit against a
steel fabricator, alleging the company allowed "unlawful
discharge of pollutants" into a San Francisco Bay
Nonprofit group San Francisco
Baykeeper claims SOS Steel Co. Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., made
"ongoing and continuous" violations of the U.S. Clean Water Act
and the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System between
January 2008 and November 2012, according to court documents
filed March 15 in U.S. District Court in California.
Baykeeper alleged the fabricator
unlawfully discharged pollutantswhich could include lead,
copper, zinc and other toxic materialsinto the Guadalupe
River, according to a Jan. 7 letter to SOS Steel outlining
Baykeepers intent to file suit. The group claimed the
company has not developed nor implemented an adequate
stormwater prevention plan or a proper monitoring and reporting
program, as required by its local permit.
The environmental organization
was willing during the 60-day notice period to "discuss
effective remedies for the violations," according to the
letter. It was unclear whether the two sides held
Baykeeper is seeking declaratory
and injunctive relief for the alleged violations, and plans to
seek civil penalties and court costs.
SOS Steel provides
"comprehensive steel packages" that include basic structural
items and miscellaneous packages, specializing in structural
framing projects, according to its website.
Neither an SOS Steel executive
nor a Baykeeper attorney could be reached for comment.