The state of California is working to close down the Cambria Community Services District $13 million desalination plant because district staffers have failed to comply with environmental requirements. In addition, the district is facing almost $800,000 in fines.
On Feb. 9, the water board slapped Cambria with three notices of violation. At that time, the district was facing almost $600,000 in fines because district staff has chronically filed late reports and failed to comply with water quality regulations, according to the Feb. 9 complaint.
In one of the notices of violation, the water board ordered the district to provide technical information and reports or face additional fines and state enforcement.
Nevertheless, the district failed to follow the water board’s requirement. As a result, water board staff is preparing a cease and desist order and a civil liability complaint, according to an April 13 letter.
In its letter, the water board included a list of 162 newly discovered violations regarding the district’s failure to comply with state clean water requirements.