Final Public Hearing of the San Francisco Regional Water Control Board on the amendments to SB 92-49 and the SF Basin Groundwater Plan that includes the East Bay watershed and Berkeley. Recorded at the State Office Building Auditorium, First Floor, 1515 Clay Street, Oakland. Board Chair; Josephine De Luca
The hearing was composed of a short presentation by the San Francisco Regional Water Board staff. But more important were the public comments and staff comments that followed, exposing the real impacts of the Board’s revised Environmental Clean-up Policy.
The Water Board’s approval of the amendments to the Basin Plan marked a serious divergence from the CAL EPA decades-long promises to implement incremental environmental clean-ups of contaminated sites and their commitment to groundwater and public health. This shift in clean-up policies was driven by industry, dismissing any recognition of the many beneficial uses for our groundwater resources in the East Bay, including Berkeley. As a consequence, it has turned parts of the SF/Berkeley Basin into one big brownfield zone of pollution disguised by the misleading term: “Containment” Zones.
Public speakers included Geoff Fiedler - Berkeley Toxics Management Division, John Selawsky - Berkeley Environmental Advisory Commission, Pamela Sihvola And Gene Bernardi - Committee to Minimize Toxic Waste and L A Wood - Berkeley Citizen
April 19, 2000 Board adopted Order No. 00-25
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