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Suit: Lake Tahoe fireworks violate Clean Water Act

January 12, 2014 • Business


In this July 2007 photo, fireworks exploding over Lake Tahoe are seen from Heavenly Mountain Resort. A federal lawsuit accusing the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority of polluting the alpine lake with debris from Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks says the authority and its contractor should be subject to up to $75 million in fines for thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act over the past five years. (AP Photo/The Tahoe Daily Tribune, Jonah M. Kessel)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal lawsuit accusing the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority of polluting the alpine lake with debris from Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks says the tourism agency and its contractor should be subject to up to $75 million in fines.

Joseph and Joan Truxler of Zephyr Cove, Nev., on the lake’s southeast shore, insist their suit is not intended to halt the spectacular, boat-launched displays that have wowed tens of thousands of visitors for three decades.

But they’re frustrated by what they say is the authority’s indifference — and state and U.S. regulators’ failure — to protect the cobalt blue lake from the debris and chemical pollutants.

“The inaction on their part is what has triggered all this,” Joan Truxler told The Associated Press.

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