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Sanitation board grants more time for chloride plan debate

Posted: June 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita Valley residents have 30 more days to debate their chloride options after the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District Board approved Wednesday a request for more time.

As expected, two of the three board members — Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar and City councilwoman Laurene Weste — approved a request by Santa Clarita City Council for a 30-day extension of the public comment period held regarding the chloride-reducing plans prepared by the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District.

Sanitation officials now face the challenge of meeting a rigid Oct. 31 deadline to give state regulators a chosen plan of action for reducing the amount of chloride discharged into the Santa Clara River.

“We do have discomfort in extending the public comment deadline, but we can do that,” said Grace Robinson Chan, chief engineer and general manager for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County which includes the local district. “We can accept 30 days extension if you wish.”

Since April, when sanitation district officials released four proposals on reducing the amount of salt discharged into the Santa Clara River, they’ve been holding public meetings in an effort to gauge which plan they should pursue.
“These folks are doing everything they can to be in compliance,” Kellar said immediately after he approved the extension request with his vote.

“We’ve got to meet that Oct. 31 deadline,” he said.

The sanitation district has until Oct. 31 to submit a plan to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board detailing how it will reduce the amount of chloride discharged into the Santa Clara River watershed.

On Nov. 26, the board which is responsible for making sure natural lakes and rivers are not contaminated fined the local sanitation district $225,000 for failing to meet the obligations of its permit to discharge chloride into the Santa Clara River.


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