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Review of chloride plan needs more time

Posted: April 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Last week the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District released two big binders full of information about four different plans for removing chloride from the Santa Clara River.

The voluminous document was three years in the making, and it will be the subject of public information meetings and public hearings well into June.

Yet the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Agency, which mandated the plan, expects Santa Clarita Valley residents to read and digest the proposal, formulate an opinion about the best of the four options and make thoughtful recommendations about carrying that option out ... in 60 days.

The agency’s executive officer told City Council members and others Tuesday night that the board would much prefer Santa Clarita Valley residents adhere to the three-month schedule in making up their minds.

This agency-imposed water cleanup — which benefits Santa Clarita Valley residents not at all — will cost the average household as much as $265 a year, according to numbers from the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District. Restaurants could see their sewage fees double.

We respectfully request more time to consider the options.

As Mayor Bob Kellar said Tuesday night, "What we’re trying to do is work in a responsible manner."


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