DWP files lawsuit over air quality protection requirementsOctober 15th, 2012 by Arya, Communications Director
On October 12, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to limit its responsibility for dust storms originating from the dry bed of Owens Lake.
The suit initiates litigation against the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, the California State Lands Commission, the California Air Resources Board, the United State Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Bureau of Land Management.
Mono Lake Committee Executive Director Geoff McQuilkin commented: “The Department of Water & Power case appears to be focused on air pollution mitigation at Owens Lake; however, similar air quality regulations also apply at Mono Lake, which is also a major national source of particulate air pollution as a result of past water diversions. The Mono Lake Committee is carefully reviewing the filing by DWP to determine what the implications are, if any, for the well-established air quality attainment plans underway at Mono Lake.”