Pollution Lawsuit to Benefit Blighted Los Angeles Neighborhood
Los Angeles Waterkeeper pleased to see settlement funds awarded to new project to improve water quality
LOS ANGELES, March 24, 2016— Tonight, Pacoima Beautiful announced the Bradley Green Alley Project — its urban greening initiative to convert a blighted, crime-ridden alley into a new community amenity. Los Angeles Waterkeeper is pleased to see nearly $200,000 awarded to the project through the Liberty Hill Foundation as a result of a settlement Waterkeeper reached with Community Recycling & Resource Recovery, Inc.
The final settlement was reached in October of 2015, more than a year after filing a complaint against the facility for violations of the Clean Water Act — including releasing pollutants into the Los Angeles River. Waterkeeper says it’s thrilled the funds will be invested in the important project that mitigates the impacts of polluted stormwater runoff on the Los Angeles River.
“Litigation is an important tool in getting these industrial facilities to clean up their act,” says Waterkeeper’s Executive Director Bruce Reznik. “On top of forcing the facility to come into compliance with the Clean Water Act and stop polluting our waters, we are glad to see mitigation funds improving the local community through the Bradley Green Alley Project.”
The announcement for the Bradley Green Alley Project was made at a reception celebrating the release of the Pacoima Greening Vision Plan. The Bradley Green Alley Project will increase open space, capture and infiltrate polluted stormwater runoff for improved water quality and increase mobility for the San Fernando Gardens housing complex—all while helping to restore the natural environment of the Tujunga Wash and Los Angeles River.
Liberty Hill Foundation, which received the settlement funds from Waterkeeper before granting them to Pacoima Beautiful, has long supported efforts to address environmental health and justice issues, including the over concentration of freeways, heavy industry, landfills and auto dismantlers that pollute the air and contribute to health problems such as asthma, heart disease and cancer.
Pacoima Beautiful is a founding member of the Clean Up Green Up coalition, which proposes to transform three pilot neighborhoods from toxic “hot spots” into green, sustainable and healthy communities. Clean Up Green Up will establish Pacoima as a pilot “Green Zone,” where local businesses will receive assistance to come into compliance with environmental standards, and where new, more health protective land use design will govern future development.
Since 1993, Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s team of attorneys, scientists and program staff have been keeping an eye on scrapyards, auto dismantlers and other industrial facilities to identify the most egregious polluters and taking enforcement actions necessary to bring facilities into compliance.
For more information on Los Angeles Waterkeeper and its efforts to protect the region’s waters, log onto lawaterkeeper.org/litigation.
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