CSPA asks for public hearing on inadequate settlement proposal by the Regional Board for Tipton Milk Processing Facility pollution violations
by Bill Jennings, Executive Director, CSPA
The 80 acre facility processes up to 10 million pounds per day of raw milk and has a long history of blatantly violating their waste discharge permit requirements. The Regional Board's settlement offer... (Continued) proposes that Tipton pay a fine of $846,000. However, some 499 additional violations are proposed to be exempted.
Imposition of these "exempted" but mandated penalties would require Tipton to pay an additional $1,497,000. The Tipton Milk facility's discharge permit allows up to 4.32 million gallons of wastewater per day to be discharged into Morrison Ditch, Casa Blanca Canal and the Tule River. The identified beneficial uses of these waters include municipal use, contact recreation and fisheries.
CSPA has requested a formal hearing in the matter.