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Sanitation seeks settlement over chloride fines

Posted: December 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District officials are seeking a settlement with the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board over chloride fines it has been ordered to pay.

In a news release issued this week, the district’s board of directors announced it was “requesting a settlement with the state” over the fines, levied by the water quality control board for failing to submit paperwork on how the district plans to reduce chloride discharged into the Santa Clara River.

The fines totaled $280,250, but more could be levied. The release did not say what settlement the sanitation district was proposing.

In its news release, the district notes the fines could have been higher and assured the water board it is committed to “adopting an environmentally sound and cost-effective salt compliance project as soon as possible to meet the state’s strict salt limits.”

The Santa Clarita City Council voted unanimously last week to contest the fine issued by the regional water quality control board for discharging chloride, a naturally occurring salt, into the river.

Farmers downstream say chloride damages their crops.

The sanitation district board is made up of two City Council members and a county supervisor.


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