Photo 31 Jul 49 notes Carson declares emergency over contamination in housing tract 

For years, residents in the Carousel housing tract have complained about the contamination. They have been advised to limit contact with the soil and not to eat vegetables or fruit grown in their yards.
The City Council’s unanimous decision Monday drew raucous applause and cheers from the audience, which included environmental activist Erin Brockovich. “The city of Carson is in this battle, and we’re in the battle to win,” Carson Mayor Jim Dear said after the resolution was adopted. For many residents, it was a watershed moment in the ongoing battle with Shell.
Soil tests revealed elevated levels of benzene and petroleum more than five years ago and residents have complained about a variety of health problems they attribute to the contamination . Shell Oil has stated that state regulatory agencies have concluded there is no imminent health risk.
The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, the agency overseeing the process, has ordered Shell to clean up the site, which sits atop a former oil tank farm. But extensive testing of the tract’s 285 homes could delay the actual cleanup until 2014.
The resolution called the contamination a “real time emergency safety hazard” requiring “immediate and comprehensive action” and accused the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board of granting Shell multiple extensions without “meaningful explanation.”

(via latimes.com)

Carson declares emergency over contamination in housing tract

For years, residents in the Carousel housing tract have complained about the contamination. They have been advised to limit contact with the soil and not to eat vegetables or fruit grown in their yards.

The City Council’s unanimous decision Monday drew raucous applause and cheers from the audience, which included environmental activist Erin Brockovich. “The city of Carson is in this battle, and we’re in the battle to win,” Carson Mayor Jim Dear said after the resolution was adopted. For many residents, it was a watershed moment in the ongoing battle with Shell.

Soil tests revealed elevated levels of benzene and petroleum more than five years ago and residents have complained about a variety of health problems they attribute to the contamination . Shell Oil has stated that state regulatory agencies have concluded there is no imminent health risk.

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, the agency overseeing the process, has ordered Shell to clean up the site, which sits atop a former oil tank farm. But extensive testing of the tract’s 285 homes could delay the actual cleanup until 2014.

The resolution called the contamination a “real time emergency safety hazard” requiring “immediate and comprehensive action” and accused the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board of granting Shell multiple extensions without “meaningful explanation.”

(via latimes.com)

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