Santa Rosa, CA – November 16, 2018 – District Attorney
Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Sonoma Materials, a landscape supply
business located at 21040 Broadway in Sonoma, agreed to pay $75,000 for
violations of environmental protection laws, including its failure to submit a
hazardous materials business plan and to create a spill response plan for an
above ground storage tank.
The civil case
was filed after the landscape supply business ignored repeated notices of
violation issued by Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services for failing to
submit a hazardous materials business plan for its 21040 Broadway location in
Sonoma since 2014. The business plan is required to inform first responders
what hazardous materials are on site and where they are located.
also required to show proof of employee training in the plan, among other
things. Sonoma Materials also failed to provide a spill response plan for an
above ground storage tank and proof of training for employees for emergency
After the case
was referred to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Environmental and
Consumer Law Division, a civil complaint was filed. The business cooperated
with the DA’s Office and agreed to resolve the case with an injunction ordering
submission of its hazardous materials and spill response plans, along with
employee training, for seven years. The business agreed to use a consultant to
submit the plans and to pay $75,000 as civil penalties and costs. As part of
the agreement, $25,000 of this amount will be suspended and will not be paid,
except in the event of a future violation.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “First responders must be told what hazardous
materials a business has on site when they are tasked with responding during
emergencies, including fires. Business owners must follow directives from first
responders and comply with environmental protection laws, especially in times
The case was
prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Ann Gallagher White, assisted by
District Attorney Investigator Mark Azzouni.
Fire Services Officer Andrew Parsons of Sonoma County Fire and Emergency
Services headed the investigation.