Posted: July 10th, 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.
Today DE-Tenants.org will look at the enforcement actions filed against the Douglass Emmett-owned building called “Landmark II” at 11766 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90025.
Landmark II has been subject to two enforcement actions since 2013. The building has poured contaminated water into Ballona Creek which empties into Santa Monica Bay.
First Enforcement Action:
Per enforcement action 390254 in 2013, Douglas Emmett violated effluent limits of tetrachloroethylene on eight occasions and zinc on three occasions, while also committing reporting violations. Tetrachloroethylene exceeded permissible limits by as much as 1,990% and zinc exceeded limits by up to 83%. Douglas Emmett also filed two quarterly reports about its run-off months late. In a letter to Douglas Emmett’s Director of Engineering Robert Lutes, California demanded $39,000 for Douglas Emmett to settle its violations, and the company accepted.
The Environmental Protection Agency considers tetrachloroethylene “likely to be carcinogenic to humans by all routes of exposure” (SOURCE).
Second Enforcement Action:
Per enforcement action 403199 in 2015, Douglas Emmett violated effluent limits of selenium during two months. One month, March 2015, Douglas Emmett emitted waste with 72% more selenium than is allowed. California fined the company $6,000 for the violations.