ZachNews Bulletin!!: Video from Soil Investigation at the PG&E Topock Compressor Station Public Meeting.

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Needles, CA: Video from Soil Investigation at the PG&E Topock Compressor Station Public Meeting.


On Wednesday, December 12th, 2012, an important public meeting regarding the Pacific Gas and Electric’s Topock Compressor Station was held inside the Needles High School Auditorium at Needles High School in Needles, California.

The issue of if there is toxic chemicals in Needles, California in both the soil and the water came up at this meeting.

** 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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The video from that important public meeting is being uploaded to ZachNews on YouTube, but you can watch the videos now at ZachNews on Veoh at the following website addresses:

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 **

**** Due to the lighting inside the Needles High School Auditorium at Needles High School, the video may be sometimes dark, but you can listen to what was being talked about. ****

** ZachNews will post the YouTube website addresses for the videos here as soon as the videos are fully uploaded. **

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