The EPA says a contractor will spend at least $500,000 to restore damage caused by illegal dumping in Calleguas Creek, in Ventura County.
The federal agency says that in 2005, and 2006, T.A. Staben Incorporated filled about five acres of the creek without the necessary permits. An EPA spokesman says the contractor also ignored warnings from the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers to stop the dumping, which officials say increased the flooding potential in the area, and damaged a key waterway for the Mugu Lagoon Estuary, which is home to some endangered species.
The consent decree is still subject to final federal court approval, but calls for T.A. Staben to spend at least $500,000 to restore the creek, and pay a $225,000 penalty.