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August 2008
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  • Los Angeles DWP Files Fraud and False Claims Action against Owens Valley Dust Mitigation Contractor

    City of Los Angeles v. CH2M Hill, Inc.

    On June 24, 2008, the City of Los Angeles, acting through the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (collectively: DWP) filed a lawsuit alleging fraud and false claims against CH2M Hill, Inc. (consultant), a large environmental consulting firm that has for several years provided mitigation services to DWP in the Owens lakebed near Lone Pine, California. The environmental issues in the Owens lakebed do not involve water, which is long gone from that area, but instead involve dust and air quality. As alleged in the complaint filed by DWP, pursuant to an agreement between DWP and the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (district), DWP agreed to perform various forms of dust mitigation in the Owens lakebed area. DWP retained the consultant in a wide variety of professional, scientific, technical, construction and program management capacities to both evaluate and comply with its obligations under this agreement. Two services agreements between DWP and the consultant are at issue in the complaint for services totaling in excess of $100 million.


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