Wednesday, December 12, 2018

REMINDER: Chatham Open House today at 4-8 pm

We know it is a very busy day, but please stop by the Chatham Open House today.  The Installation of the new Mayor and Council will occur at 6 PM but there is still time (before or after) to attend the open house.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., located at: California Center for the Arts Escondido (Theater Lobby) 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido

More info here 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Chatham Responds to ENU, Open House on Dec 12th 4-8 PM

DTSC responded to our comment letter.   DTSC_response_ENU_28NOV2018. As usual, we have disagreements with many of their comments.  However, we think it is important that the letter states, "DTSC acknowledges that this remedy has not reached the offsite RAPs sent in the RAP.  We are not there yet."  On this we agree.

Escondido Neighbors United encourages everyone to attend the DTSC Public Workshop on Chatham Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., located at: California Center for the Arts Escondido (Theater Lobby) 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido

ENU will, again, be raising concerns about the failure to monitor all of the required wells, the lack of action on the toe of the plume, and other issues we have raised before.

Further, per this new letter, which states "Before site certification, a final allowable level will be established [for 1,4-dioxane] to ensure that an appropriate risk-based health protectiveness level is achieved." (DTSC at 5)  We will want to know how that will be done.

Again, we will ask for more appropriate posting of the worst part of the creek and more action to address the releases into the creek.

Last, it states that, "DTSC has not found a 'silver bullet' that would have allowed us to reach the RAOs by today". (DTSC at 2)   To this comment we want to reassure that we are not so unsophisticated to think that a highly complex situation such as this would respond to a simplistic, single action 'silver bullet'. It will take many actions. Further, we do not see the finding of  these strategies, as DTSC's job.  It is the job of the PRPs to propose additional actions needed to get us to the RAOs to be reviewed by DTSC.  We will be asking what new and innovative technologies they have proposed to address our site. It is incumbent on them to bring options to the regulatory agencies as they are 'potentially' responsible.

But, it is incumbent on all parties to estimate when, if ever, this will be remediated.  We have waited long enough.

The post about our original letter is here.

Monday, November 26, 2018

IMPORTANT Escondido Climate Plan Update WEDNESDAY City Council 4:30 Nov 28

The City Council will hear and update on the Escondido Climate Plan Update.  Please attend if you care about this issue.  Please see the Sierra Club blog for more information here. 

Since it is clear the Escondido will have a new Mayor, Paul McNamara and District 1 Councilmember Consuelo Martinez, this issue should be delayed until they are seated on December 12. 


It will be important to make the following requests:
  1. Given the significant change in leadership in just 2 weeks, the Council should put off any decisions or direction until this issue can be heard by the leaders who will vote on it and will be responsible for implementing it.  The current leaders have made clear that they support ‘the minimum possible’.  Our situation demands much more action than this.
  2. The E-CAP should adopt 100% clean energy as a goal.
  3. The E-CAP should commit to developing a transportation master plan for biking, walking, and transit.
  4. The E-CAP must not rely on out of region mitigation.
  5. The E-CAP must include a social equity element.
  6. The E-CAP must be measurable and enforceable.
The meeting will be held in City Council Chambers at 201 N. Broadway, Escondido City Hall.