Posted: October 18th, 2017
As DE-tenants.org has previously reported, members of Operating Engineers, Local 501, rallied at a Douglas Emmett Inc.-sponsored environmental event in Santa Monica, CA, on October 3rd, 2017. That event was the annual gala of an environmental non-profit called Los Angeles Waterkeeper. Local 501’s demonstration highlighted water violations at Douglas Emmett-owned properties as well as the financial relationship between Douglas Emmett Inc. and Los Angeles Waterkeeper. Douglas Emmett Inc.’s Chairman Dan A. Emmett and CEO Jordan Kaplan were in attendance at the gala.
Today we want to provide readers with facts obtained from the California Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”). Public documents reveal that the Water Board has, over the past decade, flagged Douglas Emmett facilities for dozens of violations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
At least seven Douglas Emmett buildings in the Los Angeles area are regulated by waste discharge permits. Between them, the seven buildings have committed 58 violations since 2012 and incurred 14 enforcement actions resulting in $510,000 of financial penalties since 2008—all during Douglas Emmett’s tenure as owner or manager. (SOURCE)
To highlight one example, Douglas Emmett’s Landmark II building in Los Angeles violated effluent limits of tetrachloroethylene on eight occasions between 2006 and 2012. Tetrachloroethylene exceeded permissible limits by as much as 1,990%. The Environmental Protection Agency considers tetrachloroethylene “likely to be carcinogenic to humans by all routes of exposure” (SOURCE).
|Century Park Plaza||1801 Century Park East Los Angeles, CA, 90067||7 since 2012||4 since 2008||$39,000|
|8383 Wilshire||8383 Wilshire Beverly Hills, CA, 90211||2 since 2016||1 since 2016||$6,000|
|9601 Wilshire||9601 Wilshire Beverly Hills, CA, 90210||22 since 2013||3 since 2014||$39,000|
|The Trillium||6320 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills, CA, 91367||14 since 2012||2 since 2012||$198,000|
|Landmark II||11766 Wilshire Los Angeles, CA, 90025||13 since 2012||2 since 2013||$45,000|
|Tower 3, Warner Center||21650 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA, 91367||0||1 since 2010||$27,000|
|Tower 6, Warner Center||21700 Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA, 91367||0||1 since 2010||$156,000|
Douglas Emmett Inc.’s Annual Report to the Securities and Exchange Commission includes a section on “Risks Related to Our Properties and Our Business,” where the company acknowledges potential costs related to such environmental regulation. The Annual Repost reads:
Environmental laws regulate, and impose liability for, releases of hazardous or toxic substances into the environment. Under various provisions of these laws, an owner or operator of real estate may be liable for costs related to soil or groundwater contamination on, in, or migrating to or from its property.
You can find information about the Water Board’s actions and fines against Douglas Emmett Inc. on our website, DE-Tenants.org. You can also see lists of the chemicals that Douglas Emmett Inc. has discharged into California’s waterways—including tetrachloroethylene, selenium, zinc, copper, chloride, residual chlorine, etc.