SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A settlement has been reached between JG Weststeyn Dairy in Glenn County and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.
The $21,379 settlement is for violations of discharge of diary wastewater that threatened to contaminate nearby groundwater and surface water.
The Central Valley Water Board Prosecution Team fined the dairy company for not complying with reporting requirements within the Waste Discharge Requirements Order.
The Administrative Civil Liability (ACL) focused on multiple violations and on Aug. 13 the board adopted a stipulated cease and desist order requiring dairy and trustees of Weststeyn to comply with the dairy’s Waste Discharge Requirements Order.
The cease and disease was based on multiple violations over five years, including over-application of manure and wastewater to land, failure to implement appropriate storage and distribution and discharges of dairy wastewater to surface water and groundwater.
“These enforcement actions send a message to dairy facilities about the importance of following their permitting requirements and the need to protect groundwater and surface waters,” said John J. Baum, assistant executive officer for the Central Valley Water Board. “Especially in times of drought, we must be diligent in preserving the quality of our precious resources.”
The settlement requires the dischargers to protect groundwater and surface water quality and will have to submit technical reports.
There are directives and restrictions for herd sizes and the storage and application of wastewater and manure.