NCG filed a comment letter this week. NCG_letter_DTSC_ChathamRRR_August2018. This is a notorious waste site in North County where, after 31 years of remedial ‘action’, the cleanup goals have still not been met. Worse, the pollution is discharging into Felicita Creek in the park where it exposes people and wildlife. NCG has joined with other groups to ask the state Department of Toxic Substances Control to require more action on this site.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has oversight of the remediation of hazardous waste released to the environment by the Chatham Brothers Barrel Yard. As a brief background, members of the Chatham family owned the property at 2257 Bernardo Ave, Escondido and ran a hazardous waste processing and collection business for decades.
In the early 1980’s, massive pollution of the site was discovered and the facility was closed. The Chatham Barrel yard was listed as a state superfund site and emergency soil removal action was conducted. Additionally, on-site water remediation has been on-going for over 20 years.
However, in the intervening decades, the groundwater pollution has spread significantly and can now be found under Felicita County Park and many area homes. Further, the contamination is now entering Felicita Creek in a public area where the public is unwittingly exposed.
In spite of over 30 years of remedial action, much of it passive through the adoption of a passive strategy called ‘natural attenuation’, the cleanup objectives have not been met. It is clear that more proactive measures must be taken.
Sierra Club NCG requested the Department of Toxic Substances Control, as lead agency, take the following actions prior to certification of the Review.
- Make a finding that, after 30 years of implementation of natural attenuation as a remedial action, the remedial objectives have not been met.
- Direct additional proactive measures to achieve the remedial objectives, especially to stop unbated discharges into Felicita Creek.
- Establish and timeline of performance for meeting the objectives.
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