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Whittaker-Bermite CAG hosts meeting March 24

Posted: March 11, 2010 4:12 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2010 3:44 p.m.
The Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) for the Whittaker-Bermite Site Clean-up will be holding a meeting 7 p.m. on March 24 in the Century Room at Santa Clarita City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd. Santa Clarita 91355.

The Department of Toxic Substance Control will be there releasing the Remedial Action Plans and CEQA documents for a major portion of the Whittaker Bermite site clean up for public comment soon.

It is important that the community be informed regarding the clean up process for all contaminants that exist on the site. This is the community's opportunity to insure a complete and safe clean up of this contaminated 996-acre property in the center of the City of Santa Clarita.

The CAG is a way for people to actively participate in the decision-making process and provide advice on cleanup activities at the Whittaker-Bermite site.

For many years the Whittaker Bermite facility made and tested ordinances for the military in the Santa Clarita Valley. Many of the chemicals in the soil such as NDMA, TCE and PCE that seeped into the ground water have been found to be cancer causing. Ammonium perchlorate, another pollutant used in the manufacturing operation, interrupts thyroid production and may cause retardation in small children and fetuses.

Representatives from the Department of Toxic Substance Control will be present to provide information about the hundreds of chemicals that have contaminated the soil and our water supply and what it is going to take to clean it up.

Only if this community shows it cares and demands a complete clean up of this property can it be made sure that future generations will not be faced with continued threats to our community.

The meeting is being held in the evening so that it is more convenient for the public.


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