Lahontan pays its STPUD bill
The South Tahoe Public Utility District likely will not revoke a special permit that aids the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board in cleanup efforts at the Meyers Beacon gas station.
Since the STPUD Board of Directors on June 17 agreed to start the process of discontinuing the permit, Lahontan has paid $11,210. The state’s regional water agency still is behind $22,562, but STPUD staff will be recommending to its board today to stop the shut-off process, said Dawn Forsythe, STPUD information officer.
“We’re being told by the state water resources control board that payment is now being processed,” she said.
STPUD provides sewer service to all of South Lake Tahoe and Meyers. Eight of the gas stations within its jurisdiction which are cleaning up MTBE contamination have special permits with the district. Contractors for the stations pump MTBE out of the ground, treat it and release the clean water into the district’s sewer system.
Lahontan last year took over remediation at the Meyers Beacon station, when the station’s owner and operator did not comply with cleanup orders. When taking action earlier this month, STPUD said Lahontan was $33,772 behind in paying.
Lahontan had until this Friday to either pay the amount or establish an acceptable payment plan with STPUD. If not, steps would have been taken to revoke the permit.
At the June 17 meeting, STPUD also agreed to take similar action against Tahoe Tom’s, a gas station on Lake Tahoe Boulevard. The station is $5,838 delinquent in paying for the special permit.
Forsythe said an attorney for Tahoe Tom’s has contacted the district, and the two are trying to resolve the issue.
Lahontan is one of nine regional boards comprising the California Water Quality Control Board. It is responsible for protecting water quality within its region, which includes the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
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