Friday, January 13, 2017

More progress on Chatham: Another treatment well is installed

We are happy to report that the 'Fleet' well is receiving its treatment system under the Chatham remediation efforts!  This well, located adjacent to Felicita road and south of the Park, has been tested for contamination for several years and found to exceed cleanup levels significantly (2-3 times the cleanup level).   This has been a long time in coming and, once finally in operation, will ensure that water from that well will remove contaminants before the water is used.  This well has been on an increasing trajectory for contamination results for several years (Table 3, H&A, 2015) and has been of concern as it is a downstream 'toe' of the TCE/PCE contamination plumes.   Depth of the wells is relevant.  As a water table well (shallow), the Fleet well contamination is all the more significant and of concern.

We are glad to see that this well is finally getting a treatment system.  We will continue to monitor the situation with the downstream VOCs and 1, 4-dioxane.

Community members speak out at SDGE hearing to raise rates to refund losses from 2007 wildlife

Several local community residents testified at the recent California Publice Utilities Hearing on SDGEs application to make ratepayers pay for their corporate losses from the 2007 fires--started by SDGE.   SDUT Emotions Raw over SDGE request to PUC

Please read this article and file your own comment to the CPUC on this issue.  The info on how to comment is here SDUT Lynch OpEd

Demand that SDGE withdraw this application and let our community try to heal over the tragedy of these fires.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

DTSC releases Community Update on Chatham Barrel Yard contamination

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has issued a year-end update on the contamination in the ground water coming released from the Chatham Barrel Yard in SW Escondido.  Please read it here  DTSC Community Update

ENU has been actively and diligently working on this site and support the soil vapor testing near some homes.  We are anxious to see the results.  It seems significant that one home will undergo follow-up indoor testing, but we haven't see the raw data so we don't know.  We are also curious how 'low' the levels of PCE are found in other sampling sites.  ENU will continue to look into this issue more to see if remediation needs to be conducted in these areas.

We are glad to hear that there will be a public meeting to discuss the Feasibility Study for stopping the flow of contaminants into Felicita Creek in the Park.  We will be sure to notify everyone of that meeting.

Stay Informed.  If you are interested in this site and issue, please sign up for updates at Sign up for Chatham Email Updates

The top priority of Escondido Neighbors United in 2017 is to ensure that contamination entering the creek and soil vapors near homes is eliminated.

Please join us if you, too, support this goal.