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Environmental group plans to sue Saticoy recycling plant

Zeke Barlow
Ventura County Star
03/25/2010

An environmental group has filed a notice of intent to sue a Saticoy metals recycling facility for what it alleges are violations of the Clean Water Act.

Wishtoyo Foundation’s Ventura Coastkeeper program said it has done water quality tests and examined Standard Industries’ own records and determined the scrap metal recycler has discharged polluted water into the Santa Clara River.

“Allowing Standard to continue its highly visible toxic discharge without a Clean Water Act enforcement action would send the wrong message to Ventura County businesses,” Jason Weiner, Wishtoyo’s staff director, said in a statement.

John Scheck, vice president of Standard, learned about the notice when a reporter told him.

“I feel they aren’t correct and they are mistaken,” he said. “We do run a clean operation and we take pride in it.”

He declined to comment further until he speaks with his attorney.

Weiner said piles of old scrap metal at the facility are visible from the Highway 118 bridge over the Santa Clara River. He alleges they are partly responsible for the toxic metals, oil and grease that are ending up in the river after storms.

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