The Santa Clarita Water Agency (SCV Water) is asking for the public’s input on the Engineering Evaluation Cost Analysis (EE/CA) of removing perchlorate and volatile substances from the Saugus Formation Aquifer, officials said Tuesday.
As part of this effort, SCV Water is seeking input on the removal of these substances during a 30-day public comment period from Jan. 26 to Feb. 24, 2021, according to officials.
The public is invited to review and comment on the EE/CA, which is dated January 2021 regarding SCV Water’s proposed Non-Time Critical Removal Action (NTCRA) for the Saugus Formation Aquifer and the associated Community Involvement Plan (CIP), according to officials.
“Our top priority is providing safe, reliable water for our customers and our community,” said SCV Water’s General Manager Matt Stone. “We welcome community input as we take steps to safeguard our water supply and protect the public health and the environment.”
The goals of the EE/CA are to satisfy environmental review requirements for removal actions, administrative requirements for improved documentation of removal action selection and provide a framework for evaluating and selecting alternative technologies, according to officials.
Additionally, the EE/CA identifies the objectives of a removal action and analyzes the various alternatives that may be used to satisfy the objectives based on an evaluation of effectiveness, implementability and cost criteria, according to officials.
The EE/CA addresses the groundwater containing the hazardous substances perchlorate and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) entering four production wells (Saugus 1 and 2, V-201 and V-205) under active pumping conditions and ensures that the water produced by these wells satisfy drinking water requirements of the California State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, according to officials.
Future response actions may be necessary to address the sources of the hazardous substances released to the Saugus Formation, and the migration pathways between the sources and SCV Water’s production wells, according to officials.
SCV Water has prepared this EE/CA consistent with the substantive requirements of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), and the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) to enhance their ability to recover costs from parties responsible for the perchlorate detected in the groundwater produced by production well V-205, and the VOCs detected in the groundwater produced by production wells Saugus 1, Saugus 2, V-201, V-205.
SCV Water considers it important to implement a removal action to prevent, minimize and mitigate damage to public health, welfare and the environment.
Therefore, SCV Water intends to select and implement a removal action as soon as practicable.
A virtual meeting which Santa Clarita residents can watch is scheduled for Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. as part of this public comment period.
The meeting and details are available by clicking here.
The public comment period begins on Jan. 26, 2021, and it will close at 5 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2021.
Comments can be submitted by one of the following methods and should include “Saugus Aquifer CIP, EE/CA Comment” in the subject line of your email or letter.
All comments must be postmarked or emailed by Feb. 24, 2021, according to officials.
To submit a comment via email send comments to Jim Leserman at firstname.lastname@example.org
A hard copy with comments could also be sent to Leserman via mail to 26521 Summit Circle, Santa Clarita, 91350.
After the public comment and meeting, SCV Water is expected to review all comments and address them in a Responsiveness Summary and then will issue an Action Memorandum, which authorizes and initiates the removal action process, according to officials.
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