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California Water Board Fines 9601 Wilshire Blvd. $39,000


Posted: July 5th, 2017


The California Water Resources Control Board oversees emissions of pollutants, including industrial chemicals, from commercial buildings into California’s natural waterways. The Water Board also issues violations and levies financial penalties against those commercial buildings that violate state regulations.

At least seven buildings in the Los Angeles area belonging to the realty trust Douglas Emmett Inc. are regulated by the Water Board’s waste discharge permits. Between them, the seven buildings have committed 58 violations since 2012 and incurred 14 enforcement actions resulting in $510,000 of fines since 2008—all during Douglas Emmett’s tenure as owner or manager. Search the Water Board’s enforcement actions HERE.

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Today DE-Tenants.org will look at the enforcement actions filed against the Douglass Emmett-owned building at 9601 Wilshire Boulevard.

9601 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210 has been subject to three enforcement actions since 2014. The building has poured contaminated water into Ballona Creek which empties into Santa Monica Bay.


First Enforcement Action:

Per enforcement action 397716 in 2014, Douglas Emmett violated effluent limits of copper and settleable solids. Copper pollutants were recorded above acceptable limits on four occasions, including once when they exceeded permissible limits by 129%. In a letter to Douglas Emmett’s Director of Engineering Robert Lutes, California requested $9,000 for Douglas Emmett to settle its violations, and the company accepted.


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Second Enforcement Action:

Per enforcement action 403203 in 2015, Douglas Emmett violated effluent limits of selenium. Selenium pollutants were recorded above acceptable limits on nine occasions, including twice when they exceeded permissible limits by at least 110%. Douglas Emmett settled its violations by paying California $21,000 in fines after negotiating.


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Third Enforcement Action:

Per enforcement action 405806 in 2016, Douglas Emmett violated effluent limits of selenium and copper. Selenium pollutants were recorded above acceptable limits on five occasions, including once when they exceeded permissible limits by 69%. Copper pollutants exceeded limits by 67%. In a letter to Douglas Emmett’s Director of Engineering Robert Lutes, California requested $9,000 for Douglas Emmett to settle its violations, and the company accepted.


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Tagged: Tenant Issues - CA Water Board & Environment