Posted: October 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 “The Trillium” at 6320 Canoga Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.
The Trillium (6320 Canoga Ave) has been subject to two enforcement actions since 2012. The building has poured contaminated water into the Los Angeles River.
First Enforcement Action:
Per enforcement action 388112 in late 2012, Douglas Emmett violated effluent limits of copper (41 times), chlorine (18 times), and chloride (2 times). Copper exceeded permissible limits by as much as 315%, and chlorine by 3,800%. In a letter to Douglas Emmett’s Director of Engineering Robert Lutes, California demanded $192,000 for Douglas Emmett to settle its violations, and the company accepted.
Second Enforcement Action:
Per enforcement action 393068 in 2013, Douglas Emmett violated effluent limits of copper, chlorine, chloride and solids. Douglas Emmett and its Director of Engineering Robert Lutes agreed to settle for $6,000.