CSPA v. Meridian Gold Company

In California Sportfishing Protection Alliance v. Meridian Gold Company, Case No. 1:06-cv-00023-REC-LJO, Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho along with co-counsel Michael R. Lozeau, represented the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (“CSPA”) in a citizen’s suit alleging that Meridian violated the Clean Water Act, the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”), and the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (“Proposition 65”) by unlawfully discharging pollutants, including known carcinogens and reproductive toxins, from its Royal Mountain King Mine (located outside Copperopolis, California) into surface water and groundwater that are part of the San Joaquin River system, a potential source of drinking water for San Joaquin County.  CSPA and Meridian reached a settlement of the case in 2006, by which Meridian agreed to work with the Regional Wager Quality Control Board and CSPA to obtain a surface water discharge permit, to update its Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, implement a stormwater monitoring plan, and develop structural best management practices (“BMPs”) at the Mine.  Meridian also agreed to make a substantial monetary payment to local foundations to fund locally based, water quality related projects in the Littlejohns Creek watershed, the lower San Joaquin River or its tributaries, or the southern portion of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.