Gallegos files complaint against auto dismantlers
Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos announced Tuesday that his office is filing a civil complaint against a Santa Rosa-based auto dismantler after oils leaked from its crusher while crushing cars in Rio Dell last year.
Both Cream's Dismantling and Joseph Cream Sr. are named as defendants in the suit.
”The lawsuit alleges that Cream's crusher was not equipped with an appropriate containment device and its employees did not otherwise take appropriate steps to prevent fluids from leaking,” stated a DA press release.
Gallegos alleges in the complaint that oil from the crusher ended up in Rio Dell's storm drain system and the Eel River.
Why is it I think there will turn out to be more to this story?
DA files lawsuit against Cream's Dismantling
He's very talkative in this one:
The district attorney included a cause of action under the Unfair Competition Law, citing the unfair profits retained by the defendants through their externalization of the costs of complying with anti-pollution laws.
“Businesses that fail to use the proper equipment, resulting in pollution releases that could have been avoided, are effectively shifting their costs of operation onto the public,” Gallegos said. “In this case, Cream’s should have retrofitted its crusher with a containment system that would have prevented the leakage of pollutants onto the ground. It chose not to invest the money to do so, with the result that the city and other agency officials had to respond to the spill.
“Additionally, in spite of the efforts of those who responded to the spill, pollutants ended up in the city’s storm drain system and washed into the Eel River.”
Gallegos said the alleged violations “could have and should have been avoided.”
“The laws that we are enforcing serve an important public purpose,” Gallegos said. “They are designed to protect the public health and safety by preventing the release of pollutants that are detrimental to the health of both people and the natural systems upon which we depend.
“It is critical that people become more aware of the importance of preventing hazardous substances from entering the natural environment. There are appropriate and legally sanctioned ways of disposing of hazardous waste. People need to know that, and know that if they violate the laws they will have to pay the consequences.”
But will he file a complaint against the POT PLANTATION OWNER?