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Letter: Sanitation District’s actions result in fine

Posted: December 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The (Santa Clarita Valley) Sanitation District and a coalition of upstream and downstream water users made an agreement in 2008 that reduced the cost of chloride treatment by 50 percent.

They brought the agreement to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and requested an approval. The regional board gave its blessing at the request of the Sanitation District.

The agreement then had to be approved by the State Water Resources Control Board and the EPA. At the request of the Sanitation District, these boards also approved of this plan.

The plan allowed an increase in the level of chlorides and established time lines to meet the plan.

The Sanitation District did not meet the first time line because it did not complete the CEQA documentation process as promised.

It is not a matter of filing the “wrong” paperwork. The district made a legal agreement to do certain things and then failed to do them. The district knew it would be fined if it took that action.

It is time that this Sanitation District starts addressing this problem.

The public should realize it is the Sanitation District’s failure to keep its agreement that resulted in this fine.


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