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Signal muddies the water with call for chloride study

Posted: August 15, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 15, 2013 2:00 a.m.

After reading the opinion prepared by The Signal’s editorial board on Sunday, one can almost sympathize with Fran Diamond in her assessment of the SCV community as being difficult in regards to the chloride reduction mandate.

The Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District have been crystal clear during the recent public hearings. They believe that the scientific studies are accurate and the time for any additional studies has long passed.

They will not be giving any extensions to the Sanitation District for a new study of acceptable chloride discharge levels.

The staff of SCV Sanitation District is preparing the final Environmental Impact Report, which is due in October. Our Sanitation District representatives (Kellar, Weste and Antonovich) are then expected to select an acceptable method of compliance with the strict state mandate.

It is not responsible for The Signal to present continued delay and a new study as an option to its readers — it will not happen.

The editorial sounds reasonable to the casual reader, but it is not realistic regarding the options available to our Sanitation District representatives.

We must face the facts before us and not delay important decisions. Over the next several months, the city will need to decide whether to challenge the strict state standards for chloride discharge in court (success is unlikely) or begin planning a multi-million-dollar facility to lower chloride in the river. For the sake of clarity, those are the only available options.



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