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Deadline looms on Santa Clarita Valley chloride plan

Posted: July 22, 2013 6:25 p.m.
Updated: July 22, 2013 6:25 p.m.

The 30-day extension awarded the Santa Clarita Valley so residents could discuss their chloride-reducing options ends Wednesday with only two public meetings called during the extended period.

But the extra time was useful, at least one participant in the process said.

Because the agency demanding Santa Clarita Valley sewer users reduce their chloride output has not changed its deadline of Oct. 31 for a final chloride-reduction plan, the 30-day extension puts a pinch on the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District, which must meet that deadline for submitting a final plan for approval, said district spokesman Basil Hewitt.

But the district can still make the deadline, sanitation district officials have said.

Since the deadline was extended, district officials have met with two public agencies: the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Castaic Area Town Council, Hewitt said.

Alan Ferdman, who drew up an alternative plan to the four offered by the sanitation district, said he appreciated the extended deadline.

“The sanitation (public) meetings presented the same information time and time again,” Ferdman said Monday. “I was hoping they would expand the presentation, rather than just presenting the same thing.”

However, Ferdman said he used the extra time to hone his own chloride-reducing proposal.

“I took that time and did additional research,” he said, “and came up with intelligent comments that I can input into the public comment” for the district’s final consideration.

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has ordered the local sanitation district to reduce chloride output in the Santa Clara River to 100 milligrams per liter or face fines and other possible punitive action.
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