Environmental Press # 309

Subj: OOG [oceanoutfallgroup]: Newport Ocean Dump site LA3 coments due August 18
Date: 8/18/2003 2:23:26 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Jon V3

Dear OOG and oceanoutfallgroup:

Comments to the EPA concerning the proposed permanent designation of LA3 off Newport Beach as a permanent ocean dump site are due today, August 18. I emphasize the word permanent. This will be a permanent, never-ending source of pollution off Newport Beach. Please see email below as a sample letter. Just copy and paste to your own email.

Thanks.

Jan Vandersloot (949) 548-6326

Send by email to:

R9_LA3LA2disposalsites_scoping@epa.gov

 

Subj: Scoping Session, comments for LA-3 ocean dump site

Body of email:

Mr. Allan Ota
US EPA, Region 9
Dredging and Management Team (WTR-8)
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-3901

Phone: (415) 972-3476
FAX: (9415) 947-3537

email: R9_LA3LA2disposalsites_scoping@epa.gov

Dear Mr. Ota,

Please put me on your mailing list for notices concerning the EIS being prepared to designate LA-3 as a permanent ODMDS (Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site) off Newport Bay, California.

I am opposed to designating LA-3 as a permanent disposal (dump) site. It is too close to the shore, being only 3.5 miles away. The dump site may increase turbidity and pollution at the ocean and the beaches of Newport Beach and Corona del Mar. The state designated Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS) are too close at Newport Beach and Crystal Cove.

Other dump sites, like off San Francisco, are 50 miles off shore. The site at Newport Beach was chosen only for expediency, being just outside state limits at 3 miles. A better site, farther away, would be more environmentally sound. The Newport submarine canyon has already been shown to carry pollution towards shore from the Orange County Sanitation District's outfall pipe 4.5 miles off shore. We don't need another pollution source in the Newport submarine canyon.

I am further opposed to transporting dump material from locations such as the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Bolsa Chica to Newport Beach's LA-3. We don't need the ocean pollution, let alone the air pollution, from barges streaming down the coast to dump off Newport Bay.

Thank you for putting me on the notice list and registering my comments.

Sincerely,

Jan D. Vandersloot, MD
2221 East 16th Street
Newport Beach, CA 92663
email: JonV3@aol.com

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