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Santa Clarita citizens voice concern about proposed chloride plans

Posted: June 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Local sanitation officials held their fourth of six public hearings in Newhall Tuesday night in an effort to gauge which plan they should pursue in reducing the amount of chloride discharged into the Santa Clara River.

They hope the public will help them choose one of the four chloride-removal options they explain in two documents - the Draft Chloride Compliance Facilities Plan and Environmental Impact Report.

The chosen project would enable Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District officials to comply with state-regulated water quality standards and allow them to present that project to regulators by Oct. 31 and thereby avoid being fined.

On Tuesday, more than 30 people gathered at Newhall Elementary School Tuesday and voiced their concerns.

Alan Cameron questioned the district’s data, saying: “The growth impacts in Los Angeles and Ventura counties were substantially under-analyzed.”

Santa Clarita City Councilman TimBen Boydston questioned the contamination threshold set for chloride, calling it: “an unreasonable and unscientific standard of 100 milligrams per liter.”

Local Sierra Club spokeswoman Sandra Cattell questioned county efforts to remove illegal salt-generating water softeners, saying; “There’s been no concerted effort to remove water softeners in the unincorporated areas.”

The fifth public hearing on chloride is scheduled to take place tonight beginning at 7 p.m. at Stevenson Ranch Elementary School, 25820 Carroll Lane.

The sixth and final hearing takes place next week, on June 13, at Sulphur Springs Elementary School, 16628 Lost Canyon Road, in Canyon Country.


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