Environmental Press # 79

Subj: OOG: Bleach News and Followup
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 3:19:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Jon V3
To: Jon V3

Dear Ocean Outfall Group (OOG), dedicated to ending the 301(h) waiver held by the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD):

Here are news articles concerning the decision by the RWQCB (Regional Water Quality Control Board) to approve bleach disinfection. The troubling aspect is that RWQCB seems to regard the bleach proposal more as an experiment to prove/disprove the plume reaching the beach, rather than a public health decision. Plans are afoot to appeal the Regional WQCB decision to the State WQCB. See:

Sewage to be treated with bleach

State OKs Bleach Use for Ocean Sewage Line

O.C. ordered to bleach sewage



Paul Clinton of the Daily Pilot elicited some interesting commentary from Blake Anderson and Garden Grove OCSD Director Mark Leyes today. It appears the good Mr. Leyes is planning to apply for the waiver again. Looks like we are not going to be able to let these people out of our line of sight. See: A clean majority on board

We must be vigilant and prepared.

Jan Vandersloot (949) 548-6326

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