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Criticisms and suggestions at chloride plan’s last scheduled public hearing

Posted: June 13, 2013 8:57 p.m.
Updated: June 13, 2013 8:57 p.m.

A small but vocal group of Santa Clarita Valley residents attended the last public hearing Thursday night for the plan to reduce chloride in the Santa Clara River, offering suggestions and criticisms over the issue.

“This is a solution looking for a problem that we have yet to ascertain exists,” said Canyon Country resident Berta Gonzalez-Harper. She noted a Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District presenter at the hearing said the state’s chloride level is 100 milligrams per liter and noted other districts in the state have levels set higher than that being asked of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Canyon Country Advisory Committee Chairman Alan Ferdman read into the record his own proposal to reduce chloride, which had been well received earlier this week by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board’s chief executive.

Rick Drew of the Whittaker-Bermite Citizens Advisory Group said a part of the plan, which calls for effluent to be diluted with groundwater, “is completely unacceptable,” noting perchlorate in the groundwater could spread with additional pumping.

Another speaker among the 15 who attended the hearing at Sulphur Springs Community School said the plan constitutes an unfunded state mandate. “It’s going to absolutely destroy business if this goes through,” he said.

The SCV Sanitation District drew up the chloride-reduction plan and presented it for public review in April. The water quality board is requiring the district to reduce chloride in the river under terms of its permit for sewage disposal.

The plan would cost single-family home owners $125 to $265 more per year to flush their toilets and stand-alone restaurants an additional $3,324 to $7,044 a year.




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