Grants Database

Ecological Rights Foundation
Amount Awarded:
Project Title:
Plastics and Toxic Metals Free Ormond Beach and Wetlands
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2021
Water Resources / Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Habitat / Wilderness / Preservation
Central Coast
Ventura County
Project Description:

Ecological Rights Foundation (“EcoRights”) requests financial support to stop an industrial polluter in the City of Oxnard from discharging expanded polystyrene plastic and toxic metals into our community, including specifically to Ormond Beach and the renowned Ormond Beach Wetlands. The polluting company, Diversified Panels Systems (“Diversified”), produces industrial scale refrigeration and freezer systems, as well as grow rooms, using expanded polystyrene cores for insulation. Diversified stores vast quantities of expanded polystyrene outdoors without any effort to control the dispersal of plastics into our community. Storm water sampling/analysis conducted by EcoRights has also found elevated levels of aluminum, iron and zinc in discharges from the Diversified Facility.

EcoRights’ investigation has determined that Diversified operates without a Clean Water Act permit. EcoRights’ strategy is to initiate a Clean Water Act citizen suit to force the company to acquire and comply with California’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) storm water permit. The NPDES permit would require the company to take substantial measures to prevent the discharge of plastics to our community and Ormond Beach and Wetlands—including entirely eliminating all discharges of plastics–including microplastics.