SAN FRANCISCO – A California corporation is facing allegations of violating state and federal environmental laws.

The United States of America and the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District filed at complaint on Feb. 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division against Blue Lake Power LLC citing violation of the Clean Air Act.

According to the complaint, the defendant's facility was constructed in 1984, began operation in 1987, and ceased operations in 1999. The facility was idle until 2008, when the defendant allegedly acquired it and began making repairs to restart it. The plaintiffs allege that new construction of facility increase the emission amounts and that the defendant did not obtain necessary permits for the work.

The plaintiffs seek the following: compensation to permanently enjoin the defendant from using the facility unless in accordance with the Act, order to operate the facility to control emissions, legal fees and any other relief the court deems just and proper. They are represented by U.S. attorneys Brian J. Stretch, Alexi G. Tse and Michael T. Pyle and by Sheila McAnaney of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division Case number 1:16-cv-00961-NJV

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