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Santa Clarita Valley EDC to meet with water board administrator

Posted: June 10, 2013 7:30 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2013 7:30 p.m.

Local business leaders plan to weigh in on the chloride issue today when they meet with Sam Unger, chief administrator for the regional water board that fined the local sanitation district $225,000.

Members of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation are scheduled to share information about the impact the chloride reduction plans will have on local businesses with Unger, who is executive officer of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, said EDC CEO Jonas Peterson.

“The chloride question is the topic of discussion,” he said. “And Mr. Unger will be there at our invitation.”
Peterson described today’s meeting at the College of the Canyons as intimate.

For the past two months, sanitation district officials have criss-crossed the Santa Clarita Valley holding public information meetings about plans to reduce the amount of chloride discharged into the Santa Clara River, plans that are expected to be costly.

“They should be asking Sam if the TMDL for chloride ... is subject to change or not,” said Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency, who is expected to attend.

The Total Maximum Daily Load is the maximum amount of any contaminant - including chloride - that state regulators set and use in assessing compliance with the discharge permit holders they issue to the sanitation district.

“When I asked him about the credibility of the science behind the 100 milligram per liter default limit for chloride and the literature review (explaining that science) there was a non answer.” said Newhall County Water District Board President Maria Gutzeit who is expected to attend.

Asked if she expected an answer to her question at Tuesday’s EDC meeting, she said: “Not, none, zero.”

Fred Arnold, chairman of the board of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, was asked last month what he would like to see in terms of business access to sewers, Arnold said he wants a fair rate structure.

“I would like to see equal sacrifice for equal use,” he said, referring to rates set by the sanitation board in efforts to meet chloride limits.
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