Public meeting was held regarding the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station.

Needles, CA- Soil Investigation at PG&E Topock Compressor Station Public Meeting- Pictures- Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Needles, CA: Public meeting was held regarding the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station.

 

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An important public meeting put on by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control was held on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 in Needles, California regarding the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station

 

 

A small group of people came to the public meeting inside the Needles High School Auditorium at Needles High School to address their concerns about contamination around the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station.

 

 

The Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station opened in 1951 and is located 15 miles southeast of Needles, California overlooking the Colorado River and Interstate 40.

 

 

The Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station pressurizes the natural gas in the pipeline helping the natural gas journey to its ultimate destination of Central California and Northern California.

 

The environmental investigation and cleanup project has been under way since 1997, when a plume of chromium was detected in the groundwater.

 

 

From 1951 to 1985, Hexavalent chromium was used at the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station to prevent rust in its cooling towers.

 

 

From 1951 to 1968, Cooling tower waste water was being discharged into percolation beds in a dry wash area next to the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station.

 

 

The group putting the the public meeting solicits input from the public for the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) regarding the Soil Investigation at the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station as well as provide some overview of the Soil Investigation Project and Cleanup Project.

 

According to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the Environmental Cleanup Process is 3 steps:

 

1: Determining if there is a soil pollution problem and how serious is the soil pollution problem.

 

2: What is the best way to clean up the pollution.

 

3: Cleaning up the pollution.

 

 

The Environmental Cleanup Process is being overseen by the United States Department of Interior.

 

 

Those who attended the public meeting had some questions from the group putting on the Soil Investigation Project.

 

 

A member of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe addressed some of her concerns which includes the dumping of chromium onto the land around the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station, the process of cleaning the land is done, the disturbing or destruction of land and sacred grounds because of the contamination, the wildlife affected by the contamination, and the impact on future generations.

 

 

Ruth Lopez addressed some of her concerns which includes where will the contaminated soil being cleaned up be dumped and the disposing the soil by Pacific Gas and Electric at the old landfill in Needles, California.

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** Here are a few of the questions that were asked by the public during the public meeting regarding the soil investigation at the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station: **

 

 

– Are we safe and is there ground water contamination already?

 

 

We have a really good handle on the underground plume. The one thing I can say is does not go into the river; we actually do have a intern measure in place since 2005 and the goal of that is to pull the plume back away from the river and reduce the concentration of chromium — and that has been happening and it has been very successful. In the mean time, we have selected a remedy for the ground water and PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) is designing that remedy and we’ll go to complete that design and implement that in 2013,” said Department of Toxic Substances Control Branch Manager Karen Baker.

 

 

– Are we safe from the groundwater?

 

There is no contamination in the river,” said Department of Toxic Substances Control Branch Manager Karen Baker.

 

 

– Has groundwater contamination have been found going into the Colorado River?

 

 

The short answer to that is no,” said Department of Toxic Substances Control Branch Manager Karen Baker adding,”We actually require PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) to samples in the river.”

 

 

They (Pacific Gas and Electric) look at the top of the water, below the water, along the water, they look along the shoreline and we did not found chromium or any other contamination associated with the site,” said Department of Toxic Substances Control Branch Manager Karen Baker.

 

 

– How is the cleanup of the soil going to be successful?

 

We do not have a cleanup plan right now because we are still in the investigation stage. As soon as we are with the investigation stage, we will have a better idea where and what to cleanup,” said Department of Toxic Substances Control Soil Project Manager Jose Marcos.

 

 

– Are you employees of the state?

 

Yes, actually Jose Marcos, Yolanda Garza, — and I are employees of the State of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control and we do not work with PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric),” said Department of Toxic Substances Control Branch Manager Karen Baker adding, “Bobbette and Joan; they are contractors with the State of California.”

 

 

– Is the soil investigation paid for by the state?

 

PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) as the responsible party is required by state law to pay for this, so they pay for the state and federal overhead cost, they pay for our salaries; — and they actually pay for the actually physical work at the site,” said Department of Toxic Substances Control Branch Manager Karen Baker.

 

It’s not tax parers community state or federal who are paying for this,” said Department of Toxic Substances Control Branch Manager Karen Baker.

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Written comments regarding the soil investigation at the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station will be accepted until 5:00pm PT on January 14th, 2012.

 

You can send in your written comments to California Department of Toxic Substances Control Project Manager Aaron Yue at the following mailing address and email contact:

 

 

** Mailing Address: **

 

Aaron Yue

 

Project Manager, California Department of Toxic Substances Control

 

5796 Corporate Avenue

 

Cypress, California, 90630

 

 

** Email Contact: **

 

aaron.yue@dtsc.ca.gov

 

 

More information about the California Department of Toxic Substances Control is at the following California Department of Toxic Substances Control website: http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/

 

 

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You can watch the videos from the public meeting regarding the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station at the follow ZachNews Channel on Veoh websites:

 

http://www.veoh.com/watch/v414563257pEdKr2d

 

http://www.veoh.com/watch/v414563264FXDt5gJ ** Part 2 **

 

http://www.veoh.com/watch/v41620642QHjRm8h9 ** Part 3 **

 

http://www.veoh.com/watch/v41620643jfsYjnjB ** Part 4 **

 

http://www.veoh.com/watch/v41756271YjKfrAYP ** Part 5 **

 

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