Calif. Port Tenants Must Comply with Stormwater Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered four tenants at California’s Port of Stockton to comply with federal Clean Water Act stormwater regulations.

Industrial materials such as fuel, oil, and debris are carried by stormwater from these facilities, which discharge directly into the San Joaquin River and through municipal storm drains running to the river. The San Joaquin River is an impaired waterway.

“Contaminants in stormwater run-off are a significant source of water pollution to the San Joaquin River,” said Alexis Strauss, water division director in the EPA’s Pacific Southwest region. “We’ll be working with the Port of Stockton and its tenants, and the Central Valley Regional Water Board, to resolve various compliance issues noted in our inspections.”

Given the concentration of industrial facilities and their proximity to the San Joaquin River, in March 2008, the EPA and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board reviewed stormwater management practices and conducted inspections at industrial facilities at the Port of Stockton to determine compliance with the state’s industrial stormwater peramit.

"We are pleased to be working with U.S. EPA to enforce the stormwater laws that protect our water resources." said Ken Landau, assistant executive officer, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.

These orders require each tenant to fix violations found during the March 2008 inspections, including on-the-ground corrective measures.

The EPA has issued orders to the following Port of Stockton tenants:

  • A-Plus Materials Recycling
  • Alco Iron and Metal Company
  • Macsteel Service Centers
  • Posdef Power Co. LP

Through its Ports initiative, the EPA’s Pacific Southwest regional office is evaluating stormwater management at various ports. This effort involves both individual inspections of port tenants and audits of the municipal stormwater programs implemented by the ports. The initiative aims to improve water quality by working with facilities to bring them into compliance and collaborating with states to improve stormwater permits for ports.

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