San Benito Foods will be responsible for securing its own wastewater permit. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Council removes city from responsibility for tomato cannery wastewater

Members terminate industrial water discharge permit granted by regional water board.

Settling Pond at the San Juan Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

San Juan Bautista accepts EPA terms on water issues

A first step toward resolving years of water quality problems.

The city of Hollister says the San Benito Foods tomato cannery needs to install equipment to bring down levels of contaminants from its well and pay $2.5 million to remove sludge from holding pond. Photo by John Chadwell.

Justice

San Benito Foods sues Hollister over permit, claims extortion

Hearings delayed twice as Judge Steven Sanders steps aside over conflict; Judge Omar Rodriguez takes over the case Aug. 5.

Mayor Jim West (left) Councilman Tony Boch (center) and Vice Mayor John Freeman. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

San Juan Bautista selects new wastewater treatment plant operator

City Council changes wastewater treatment plant operators and commits additional funds to sludge removal.