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Environmental Group Reaches Settlement Over Charges Of Pollution Coming From Ventura County Dump

An environmental group has reached a settlement with a sanitation district on the South Coast over allegations that storm runoff from a landfill was contaminating some waterways.

The Environmental Defense Center sued the Ventura Regional Sanitation District over the operation of the Toland Road landfill, near Santa Paula. The EDC says the district’s own testing showed stormwater was carrying toxic pollutants into O’Leary Creek, the Santa Clara River, and ultimately the Pacific Ocean.

The settlement calls for the district to upgrade a large water detention facility to minimize offsite runoff. Instead of paying a penalty, the district will contribute $75,000 to The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to remove non-native plants from the Santa Clara River area.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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