Jerry Williams lost his business to the rain.
On Feb. 28, 2014, a half-inch of rain fell in National City. Like state water pollution laws required, one of Williams employees at A-1 Alloys Recycling Center grabbed a sample of water running across the northwest corner of his half-acre scrapyard.
The water was sent to a lab and tested for pollution. A report was sent to the State Water Resources Control Board. The results weren’t good. A business like A-1 is supposed to keep the amount of copper down to .0048 milligrams per liter. The water from A-1 was 2.84 parts per million copper, nearly 600 times the target.