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Corps issues penalty to Southern California company

Published Nov. 1, 2018

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District issued a nearly $42,000 administrative penalty to SunCal Companies of Irvine, California, for noncompliance of a Clean Water Act permit associated with the Norco Ridge Ranch project in Norco, California.

The Corps issued the penalty to the Southern California-based developer for the following violations of Department of the Army permit number SPL-2000-01621:

  • Failure to fully implement a Corps-approved compensatory mitigation plan; and,

  • Failure to acquire and record a conservation easement over various Corps-approved compensatory mitigation areas, totaling about eight acres of aquatic resources.

The Corps can assess civil administrative penalties for violations of Department of the Army-issued permits, pursuant to section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Currently, penalties can range up to $21,394 for each permit violation, with the total maximum penalty being $53,484. Violations are evaluated for compliance and environmental importance.

Enforcement, as part of the Corps’ Regulatory program, is based on a policy of regulating waters of the U.S. by discouraging activities that have not been properly authorized or that are not in compliance with specified permit terms and conditions.  

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Dena O'Dell
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Release no. 18-042