Saturday, December 26, 2015

UPDATE #2: A Christmas Present from DTSC-- 5 new soil vapor probes around Chatham plumes!

Recently, documents were posted to the Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) archive, ENVIROSTOR, related to the Chatham subsurface contaminated plumes.   2015_July_DTSC_Comments  and Summary_Report_Sept_24_2015

The good news in the documents is the direction to and agreement by the Chatham PRP group to install five additional permanent soil vapor probes in our area!  This is great news and all of them are close to residential areas so we can learn more about any potential impact to properties from Chatham.

Noting one area near the Oak Creek Development is an area “where there is sparse groundwater plume data and existing residences” (pg. 2 of summary report and pg.2 in January 14, 2105 memo.) three of the probes will be installed along the east side of Felicita Road north of Miller Avenue at 5 and 10 feet bls.  They will be monitored every six months.  We will be trying to determine if these conditions are sufficient.

The other two are along Gamble Lane in an area where “Chlorinated solvent detections..  warrant additional delineation…for the purpose of evaluating vapor intrusion to the nearby residence.”  (pg 1, Summary report and pg.1 in January 14, 2105 memo).

Although the original request from DTSC was made in January of 2015, it seems through some snafus that it was not finally acted on until late in 2015.   

These stations are something Escondido Neighbors United have requested for a long time.  We appreciate that they are finally being installed.   

UPDATE #1: Oak Creek Draft Water Certification out for review: Comments due January 29th, 2016

We hope you had a great holiday!  Here is some news on our 'favorite' projects!

1. The Draft 401 Water Quality Certification for Oak Creek has been released for public comment by the Regional Water Quality Control Board.   This is an important and final action related to the permitting of Oak Creek.  Here is the link Draft 401 WQ Cert_Oak_Creek  and the Transmittal letter_Dec_23_2015.  Comments on the document are due to the Regional Board on January 29 by 5:00 pm.

We will have more to say about this document in the coming days.  ENU requested a public meeting on this. ENU_Request_for_Public_Meeting_Oak_Creek_401Cert

More soon!

Friday, December 18, 2015

A Holiday Gift to all our Readers

Another year comes to and end.  We have been very busy and will get back to posting after the holiday, but, until then, we have a little gift for you...for sure,  Cutest thing you'll ever see

If you need a special gift idea, you can always give a gift membership to Bat Conservation International

You'll see why if you watch the video!

Have a great, restful, joyful holiday full of peace, love, and family.

Happy HoliHannaKwanzaMas Everyone

Your friends at
Escondido Neighbors United.