45 Cities Sue to Stop Multi-Billion Dollar Stormwater Regulations; Environmentally Questionable Rules Could Cost Billions, Kill Jobs, According to Study.
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SIGNAL HILL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 22, 2003
The Coalition for Practical Regulation today announced that 45 local cities have filed suit to overturn stormwater regulations which experts estimate could cost taxpayers billions of dollars and cause the loss of tens of thousands of jobs throughout Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, . The cities join the L.A. County Board of Supervisors The examples and perspective in this article or section may represent an unduly geographically limited view of the subject.
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The litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. comes in the wake of the State Water Resources Board's refusal last month to consider the cities' and County's appeal.
"Since the State Board refused to hear our appeal, the cities and the County have no other option than to file suit," commented Larry Forester, Council Member from Signal Hill and a member of the Coalition's steering committee. "The cities and the County are absolutely committed to funding common sense programs to improve the quality of water at our local beaches, lakes and rivers," stated Forester, "but the L.A. Board has not conducted any scientific or cost-benefit analyses to justify these regulations. The open-ended nature of the rules leaves cities - and taxpayers - with no financial safety net.
"We simply cannot afford to divert limited financial resources from essential services such as public safety in order to comply with these open-ended storm water rules which have no basis in sound economic or environmental research," Forester concluded.
Litigation was preceded by the release, a few days earlier, of a report by experts at the University of Southern California The U.S. News & World Report ranked USC 27th among all universities in the United States in its 2008 ranking of "America's Best Colleges", also designating it as one of the "most selective universities" for admitting 8,634 of the almost 34,000 who applied for freshman admission that found that the dozens of new storm water rules will lead to the expensive treatment of storm water, at even greater costs to taxpayers than the region's current wastewater treatment, which is processed in large facilities.
The USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code. report found that the construction of storm water treatment facilities could cost the region between $37 and $326 billion, based on the number of facilities required. Average cost to a household in Los Angeles County could range from $6,089 to $45,605, over the twenty-year life of the treatment plan.
The Los Angeles Region operates under a little-known storm water consent decree A settlement of a lawsuit or criminal case in which a person or company agrees to take specific actions without admitting fault or guilt for the situation that led to the lawsuit.
A consent decree is a settlement that is contained in a court order. , the result of litigation between the National Resources Defense Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), independent agency of the U.S. government, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1970 to reduce and control air and water pollution, noise pollution, and radiation and to ensure the safe handling and . A federal court approved the consent decree in San Francisco in 1999, with no input from the cities. The consent decree mandates the development of over 92 storm water rules for the Los Angeles Region by 2006, covering such pollutants as bacteria and heavy metals heavy metals,
n.pl metallic compounds, such as aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, and nickel. Exposure to these metals has been linked to immune, kidney, and neurotic disorders. . The cities maintain that they should have been notified of the consent decree and invited to the negotiations, since the costs of the new clean up programs will fall onto local cities, taxpayers and businesses.
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n. officials, have said that the regulations do not require storm water treatment, no such exclusion appears in writing in the regulations themselves.
"We are asking that the Regional Water Board make good on its public pronouncements, that the Board will not require the cities and the County to treat storm water, by specifically adding this into the new storm water permit," commented Forester. "Otherwise, taxpayers could be on the hook Adj. 1. on the hook - caught in a difficult or dangerous situation; "there I was back on the hook"
dangerous, unsafe - involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm; "a dangerous criminal"; "a dangerous bridge"; "unemployment reached dangerous to underwrite this environmentally ineffective unfunded mandate. With billions of dollars and thousands of jobs at stake, we simply can't afford to take that chance."
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Cities filing petitions include:
Alhambra Gardena Rosemead Arcadia Hawaiian Gardens San Gabriel Artesia Industry Santa Clarita Baldwin Park Irwindale Santa Fe Springs Bell Gardens La Mirada Sierra Madre Bellflower Lakewood Signal Hill Beverly Hills Lawndale South Gate Carson Monrovia South Pasadena Cerritos Montebello Temple City Claremont Monterey Park Torrance Commerce Norwalk Vernon Covina Paramount Walnut Diamond Bar Pico Rivera West Covina Downey Pomona Westlake Village El Segundo Rancho Palos Verdes Whittier