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Sierra Pacific Industries

Placer County, CA: (Jul-02-07) The Placer County Air Pollution Control District, with the California Attorney General and the California Air Resources Board brought an environmental damage lawsuit against Sierra Pacific Industries, a timber operations company and California's largest private landowner. The suit was filed over a civil complaint that was filed in 2004 alleging numerous violations of air pollution regulations. The civil complaint alleged that Sierra Pacific Industries, which owns large amounts of property in Martis Valley, operated sawmills and wood-fired boilers at their facilities in Lincoln, Quincy, Loyalton and Susanville in violation of the company's air pollution control permits.

Shortly before the suit went to trial, the parties agreed to a settlement in which, Sierra Pacific agreed to pay nearly $13 million to resolve allegations. The settlement includes $8.5 million in penalties and public agency costs and fees. The remaining $4.5 million will be spent on projects enhancing future compliance of Sierra Pacific's operations or projects that will benefit air quality. As part of the settlement, Sierra Pacific promises to ensure that none of the conditions alleged in the complaints occur in the future. [SIERRA SUN: TIMBER AIR POLLUTION]

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Published on Jul-3-07


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