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Notice of Public Meeting
653rd Regular Board Meeting

Thursday, April 14, 2022
9:00 a.m.

Meeting Location:

Council Chambers
City of Simi Valley
2929 Tapo Canyon Road
Simi Valley, California 93063

In-person and Remote Options: This meeting will occur with both a physical meeting location and an option for the public to participate from a remote location. For all Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board meetings, there is no expectation of privacy regarding any communications. Meetings are recorded and names of participants are listed in the Zoom forum. Participation in a recorded meeting will be deemed consent to be recorded.

For those who only wish to watch the meetingthe customary English webcast remains available at https://cal-span.org/static/index.php and should be used UNLESS you intend to comment.

For members of the public who wish to comment on an agenda item or are presenting to the Boardin-person attendance is welcomed. Click on link to register to speak in person on an agenda item: https://forms.office.com/g/apcqK3SdNQ

or
you can participate telephonically or via the remote meeting solutionAdditional information about participating telephonically or via the remote meeting solution is available here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CrAPAsiCQ76PERqFOQ4qfg


For those who wish to watch the meeting and/or comment on an agenda item with Spanish translationadditional information about Spanish translation services via the remote meeting solution is available here:
https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/losangeles/board_info/remote_meeting/SpanishWebc ast.pdf

For those who wish to follow the Board meeting agenda on Twitter, the feed is available on the Board meeting day at: https://twitter.com/RWQCB4
 
AGENDA

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (Los Angeles Water Board or Board) strives to conduct an accessible, orderly, and fair meeting. The Chair of the Board will conduct the meeting and establish appropriate rules and time limitations for each agenda item. The Board will only act on items designated as action items. Action items on the agenda are staff proposals and may be modified by the Board as a result of public comment or Board member input. Additional information about Board meeting procedures is included after the last agenda item.

Generally, the Board accepts oral comments at the meeting on agenda items and accepts written materials regarding agenda items in advance of the meeting. For some items requiring public hearings, written materials and oral comments will be accepted only according to the procedures set forth in a previously issued public notice for the agenda item. To ensure a fair hearing and that the Board Members have an opportunity to fully study and consider written material, unless stated otherwise, written materials must be provided to the Executive Officer not later than 5:00 p.m. on April 7, 2022. Please consult the agenda item description because certain items may have an earlier deadline for written submissions. If you are considering submitting written materials, please consult the notes at the end of the agenda. Failure to follow the required procedures may result in your materials being excluded from the administrative record; however, failure to timely submit written materials does not preclude a person from testifying before the Board.

If a person intends to use a PowerPoint presentation or other visual aids, they must be received by the Los Angeles Water Board’s IT Department, to the attention of Khalid. [email protected]at least 48 hours prior to the meeting, unless otherwise stated. Presentations submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Note that public comments on agenda items will be limited to 3 minutes unless directed otherwise by the Board Chair or previously approved by the Executive Officer in writing. 
Unless otherwise stated for a specific agenda item, persons requesting more than 3 minutes to speak on an agenda item must make the request via email to [email protected] or the staff person listed for the specific agenda item not later than 5:00 p.m., April 7, 2022. Timely requests will be evaluated by the Chair and the time granted will be communicated in advance of the meeting. Persons not requesting additional time to speak may register via the links above at any time before or during the Board meeting.

INTRODUCTORY ITEMS
1. Roll Call.
2.Order of Agenda (Note that the agenda items are numbered for identification purposes only and may not necessarily be considered in this order.)
BOARD BUSINESS AND REPORTS
3. Approval of Draft Meeting Minutes for the March 10, 2022 Meeting [Helen Rowe, (213) 576-6612]
4. Board Member Communications
 a.Ex Parte Disclosure (Board Members will identify any discussions they may have had requiring disclosure pursuant to Government Code section 11430.40.)
 b.Board Member Reports (The Board Members may discuss communications, correspondence, or other items of general interest relating to matters within the Board’s jurisdiction.)
5. Executive Officer’s Report [Renee Purdy, [email protected]]
6. Enforcement Report [Russ Colby, [email protected]]
7. Update from State Water Board Liaison [Laurel Firestone]

PUBLIC FORUM
8.Any person may address the Board regarding any matter within the Board’s jurisdiction provided the matter does not appear elsewhere on this agenda, has not been scheduled to appear on a future agenda, and is not expected to be imminently scheduled for the Board’s consideration.
  UNCONTESTED ITEMS
(Items marked with an asterisk are expected to be routine and noncontroversial. The Board will be asked to approve these items at one time without discussion. Any Board member or person may request that an item be removed from the uncontested calendarIf an item is removed from the uncontested calendar, it will only be voted on at this meeting if the Board accepts the staff recommendation for the item. Otherwise, the item will be continued to a future meeting to allow input by interested persons.)
None at this time.

CONTESTED ITEMS
Waste Discharge Requirements that Serve as an Individual NPDES Permit
Issuance
9. Consideration of Tentative Waste Discharge Requirements and NPDES Permit for Urchinomics USA Inc. – Channel Islands Urchin Co. LLC, Port Hueneme, CA. NPDES No. CA0064696 (Comment submittal deadline was March 18, 2022) [Adriana Vallejo, [email protected]]
Renewal
10. Consideration of Tentative Waste Discharge Requirements and NPDES Permit Renewal for Long Beach Generation LLC, Long Beach Generating Station, CA. NPDES No. CA0001171 (Comment submittal deadline was March 18, 2022) [Niels van Eybergen, [email protected]]
Waste Discharge Requirements
Issuance
11. Consideration of a Tentative Waste Discharge Requirements for the Spring Canyon Residential Development Project; File No. 11-055 (Comment submittal deadline was March 21, 2022) [Céline Gallon, [email protected]]
12. Consideration of Extension of Conditional Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges from Irrigated Agricultural Lands within the Los Angeles Region (Comment submittal deadline was March 21, 2021) [Anna Bellini, [email protected]]
OTHER BUSINESS
13. Consideration of Tentative Resolution approving the City of Los Angeles’ 2022 Proposed Special Study for the Hyperion and Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plants, NPDES Numbers CA0109991 and CA0053856 (Comment submittal deadline was March 25, 2022) [Xiaofei Cui, [email protected]; Don Tsai, [email protected]]
INFORMATION ITEMS
14. The Los Angeles Water Board Site Cleanup Program and Office of Chief Counsel will provide an overview of State Water Resources Control Board Resolution No. 92-49, which establishes policies and procedures for investigation and cleanup and abatement of discharges [Thizar Tintut-Williams, [email protected]]
CLOSED SESSION1
15.As authorized by Government Code section 11126, the Los Angeles Water Board will be meeting in closed session. Closed session items are not open to the public. Items the Board may discuss include the items below. [Tamarin Austin (TA) (916) 341-5161; Jennifer Fordyce (JF) (916) 324-6682; David Coupe (DC) (510) 622-2306; Sophie Froelich (SNF) (916) 319-8557; Adriana Nuñez (AN) (916) 322-3313; Amelia Carder (AC) (916) 341-5153]
  
1At any time during open session, the Los Angeles Water Board may adjourn to closed session to discuss any of the matters listed under Closed Session.
Litigation filed against the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd. (e)(2)(A).)
 a)Balcom Ranch v. State Water Resources Control Board and Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, Ventura County Superior Court, Case No. 56-2012- 00419048-CU-MC-VTA [Challenging assessment of administrative civil liability in Order on Complaint No. R4-2010-0023]. (DC)
 b)Natural Resources Defense Council and Los Angeles Waterkeeper v. State Water Resources Control Board and Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BS156962 [Challenging the Los Angeles County MS4 Permit, Order No. R4-2012-0175; remand on anti-degradation claim]. (JF)
 c)Wayne Fishback v. Michael D. Antonovich et al., United States District Court for the Central District of California, Case No. 2:15-cv-05719 [Seeking preliminary injunction, alleging violations of procedural and substantive due process and other claims for relief]. (DC)
 d)Fishback et al. v. County of Los Angeles et al.Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. PC056481 [Alleging violations of procedural and substantive due process, violations of the state and federal takings clauses, and other claims for relief]. (DC)
 e)City of Torrance v. California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. 20STCP01992 [Challenging Order No. R4-2020-0003, issued pursuant to Water Code section 13267]. (TA)
 f)REV 973 v. Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Superior Court, Cas No. 20STCP02934 [Challenging Order R4-2014-0117, issued on September 19, 2014, pursuant to Water Code sections 13267 and 13304]. (SNF)
 g)OPI Products, Inc. and North Hollywood Properties, Inc. v. Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. 20STCP02400 [Challenging Order R4-2019-0042-A, issued pursuant to Water Code section 13267]. (TA)
 h)City of Thousand Oaks et al. v. California Regional Water Quality Control Board – Los Angeles Region, Ventura County Superior Court, Case No. 56-2021-00549601-CUWM-VTA [Challenging certain provisions of three iterations of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for three wastewater treatment plants – City of Thousand Oaks, Camarillo Sanitary District, and City of Simi Valley. The challenged NPDES permits include: 1) Order Nos. R4- 2014-0064 (Thousand Oaks), R4-2014-0062 (Camarillo), and R4-2014-0066 (Simi Valley ); 2) Order Nos. R4-2014- 0064-A01 (Thousand Oaks), R4-2014-0062-A01 (Camarillo), and R4-2014-0066-A01 (Simi Valley); and 3) Orders Nos. R4-2019-0137 (Thousand Oaks), R4-2019-0136 (Camarillo), and R4-2019-0135 (Simi Valley)]. (TA/SNF)
 i)California Regional Water Quality Control Board of Los Angeles v. Balcom Ranch, 2nd District Court of Appeal, Case No. B311434 [appeal of attorneys’ fees award] (DC)
 j)California Regional Water Quality Control Board of Los Angeles v. Balcom Ranch, 2 nd District Court of Appeal, Case No. B311433) [appeal of contempt judgment] (DC)
 k)Quaker Chemical Corporation v. Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. 21STCP02072 [Challenging investigative order issued pursuant to Water Code section 13267] (TA)
 l)State Water Resources Control Board v. Los Angeles Waterkeeper, 2 nd District Court of Appeal, Appellate Case No. B30951 [Cross-appeal challenging ruling on demurrer by Los Angeles Superior Court in favor of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board] (DC)
 m)Eskenazi v. Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. 21STCV44459 [Seeking return of money paid to Regional Board as a result of lien placed on property which was subsequently sold] (JF/SF)
 n)City of Norwalk v. Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. 218TCP04148 [seeking to invalidate 2021 Regional MS4 Permit] (JF/SF)
 o)Johnel Corp. v. California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. 22STCP00076 [Challenging staff refusal to close a case] (TA)
 p)Benjamin Moore & Company, Inc. v. California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. 22STCP00715 [Challenging investigative order issued pursuant to Water Code section 13267] (AC/TA)
Litigation filed by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board against other parties (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd. (e)(2)(A).)
 q)California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region v. Mitchell Investors, LLC, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. 21STCV10636 [seeking injunctive relief to require compliance with Cleanup and Abatement Order No. R4-2010-0095 and civil liability for violations of Water Code section 13304]. (TA)
 r)People of the State of California ex rel. Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board v. The Boeing CompanyVentura County Superior Court, Case No. 56-2010- 00371686-CU-MC-SIM [consideration of whether to extend Consent Judgment] (SF)
Test Claims filed with the Commission on State Mandates (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd. (e)(2)(A).)
 s)In re: Los Angeles Region Water Permit – Cities of Los Angeles County, Commission on State Mandate Test Claim No. 13-TC-01 [Regarding a test claim filed by several cities within Los Angeles County alleging that portions of Order No. R4-2012-0175 created unfunded state mandates]. (JF)
 t)In re: Los Angeles Region Water Permit – County of Los Angeles, Commission on State Mandate Test Claim No. 13-TC-02 [Regarding a test claim by the County of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Flood Control District alleging that portions of Order No. R4-2012-0175 created unfunded state mandates]. (JF)
Potential Litigation that may be filed by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board against other parties (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd. (e)(2)(C)(1).)
 u)Resolution 21-004 [referring enforcement of Cleanup and Abatement Order No. R4- 2021-0038-A1, regarding the Garfield Express Site, to the Attorney General]. (TA)
Petitions for Review of Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board actions filed with the State Water Resources Control Board (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd. (e)(2)(A).)
Other matters
 v)Consultation with counsel about:
  i.A matter which, based on existing facts and circumstances, presents significant exposure to litigation against the Los Angeles Water Board (Government Code section (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd. (e)(2)(B).); (TA/SF/AN) or
  II.A matter which, based on existing facts and circumstances, the Los Angeles Water Board is deciding whether to initiate litigation (Gov. Code, § 11126, subd. (e)(2)(C).) (TA/SF/AN)
  iii.Consideration of the appointment, employment, or evaluation of performance about a public employee. (Gov Code § 11126, subd. (a).) (TA/SF/AN/JF)
  iv.To deliberate on a decision to be reached in a proceeding required to be conducted pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) or similar provisions of law. (Gov. Code § 11126, subd. (c)(3).) (TA/SF/AN)
    
16.

Adjourinment of current meeting (The next regular meeting of the Board will be held on May 12, 2022, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the City of Simi Valley Council Chambers, 2929 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley, CA 93063.)

   
NOTES ON AGENDA
Ex Parte Communications
An ex parte communication is a communication to a board member from any person, about a pending matter, that occurs in the absence of other parties and without notice and opportunity for them to respond. The California Government Code prohibits the board members from engaging in ex parte communications during permitting, enforcement, and other “quasi-adjudicatory” matters. Ex parte communications are allowed on pending general orders (such as general waste discharge requirements, general waivers, and general Clean Water Act section 401 water quality certifications) subject to the disclosure requirements of Water Code section 13287 (for further information and disclosure forms, please visit http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/losangeles/laws_regulations/). The Los Angeles Water Board discourages ex parte communications during rulemaking and other “quasi-legislative” proceedings. The ex parte rules are intended to provide fairness, and to ensure that the board’s decisions are transparent, based on the evidence in the administrative record, and that evidence is used only if stakeholders have had the opportunity to hear and respond to it. Ex parte rules do not prevent anyone from providing information to the water boards or requesting that the water boards take an action. They simply require that the information come into the record through proper channels during a duly noticed, public meeting. A board member who has engaged or been engaged in a prohibited ex parte communication will be required to publicly disclose the communication on the record and may be disqualified from participating in the proceeding. For more information, please look at the ex parte questions and answers document found at www.waterboards.ca.gov/laws_regulations/docs/exparte.pdf.
 
Procedures
The Los Angeles Water Board follows procedures established by the State Water Resources Control Board. These procedures are established in regulations commencing with section 647 of title 23 of the California Code of Regulations. The Chair may establish specific procedures for each item, and consistent with section 648, subdivision (d), of title 23 of the California Code of Regulations may waive non-statutory provisions of the regulations. Generally, all witnesses testifying before the Los Angeles Water Board must affirm the truth of their testimony and are subject to questioning by the Board Members. The Board does not, generally, require the designation of parties, the prior identification of witnesses, or the cross examination of witnesses. Generally, speakers are allowed three minutes for comments. Any requests for an alternate hearing process, such as requesting additional time to make a presentation, should be made to the Executive Officer in advance of the meeting, and under no circumstances later than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the Board meeting. The provisions of this paragraph shall be deemed superseded to the extent that they are contradicted by a hearing notice specific to an agenda item.
 
Written Submissions
Written materials (whether hand-delivered, mailed, e-mailed, or facsimiled) must be received by the relevant deadline established in the agenda or public notice for an item. If the submitted material is more than 10 pages or contains foldouts, color graphics, maps, or similar items, 12 copies must be submitted prior to the relevant deadline. Failure to comply with requirements for written submissions is grounds for the Chair to refuse to admit the proposed written comment or exhibit into evidence. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 23, § 648.4, sub. (e).) The Chair may refuse to admit written testimony into evidence unless the proponent can demonstrate why he or she was unable to submit the material on time or that compliance with the deadline would otherwise create a hardship. In an adjudicatory matter, where there is a showing of prejudice to any party or the Board from admission of the written testimony, the Chair may refuse to admit it.
 
Administrative Record
Presentation materials used as part of testimony must be left with the Board. All Board files pertaining to the items on this Agenda are hereby made a part of the record submitted to the Los Angeles Water Board by staff for its consideration prior to action on the related items.
 
Accessibility
Individuals requiring special accommodations or language needs should contact Rosie Villar at (213) 576-6630 or [email protected] at least ten working days prior to the meeting. TTY/TDD Speech-to-Speech users may dial 7-1-1 for the California Relay Service.
 
Availability of Complete Agenda Package
A copy of the complete agenda package is available for examination by appointment at the Los Angeles Water Board Office during regular working hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) prior to the Board meeting. Questions about specific items on the agenda should be directed to the staff person whose name is listed with the item.
 
Continuance of Items
The Board will endeavor to consider all matters listed on this agenda. However, time may not allow the Board to hear all matters listed, including Public Forum. Matters not heard at this meeting may be carried over to the next Board meeting or to a future Board meeting. Parties will be notified in writing of the rescheduling of their item. Please contact the Los Angeles Water Board staff to find out about rescheduled items.
 
Challenging Los Angeles Water Board Actions
Pursuant to Water Code section 13320, any aggrieved person may file a petition to seek review by the State Water Resources Control Board of most actions taken by the Los Angeles Water Board. A petition must be received by State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Chief Counsel, Attention: Adrianna Crowl, 1001 I Street, 22nd Floor, Sacramento, CA, 95814, within 30 days of the action. Instructions for filing water quality petitions are located on the State Water Resources Control website at https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/public_notices/petitions/water_quality/wqpetition_instr.s html