Ensuring Health and Safety of Our Community
Posted by Councilmember Englander on October 20, 2017 at 2:26 PM
This week, I submitted a set of motions to ensure that our community is safe and that those affected by the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak continually have up-to-date resources and information and are made aware of any issues during this crisis.
As the Chair of Public Safety Committee, the health and well-being of our residents is critical. My first motion asks the Los Angeles City Health Commission, with the assistance of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, to report on the status of the health study updates mandated by the settlement agreement between South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and Southern California Gas Company. Further, I instructed them to report on the levels of styrene, ethylbenzene, uranium, and lithium in the area surrounding the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak as brought forth recently by the independent physician report conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Nordella.
Nordella's report claims that lithium was detected in the water of homes with LADWP water supply while homes with non-LADWP water had no detectable levels of lithium. While the actual report of this independent health study has yet to be released, it is important that City look into these allegations.
I also submitted a motion instructing the Department of Water and Power (LADWP) report on any and all testing conducted before, during, and after the Aliso Canyon gas leak. I also asked that LADWP report on lithium levels of the water in the areas around the Aliso Canyon Storage Field and compare it to both the rest of the City and adjacent municipalities and on the standard guidelines of lithium levels.
With over 15,000 residents relocated, two schools closed and dozens of businesses affected, it is unacceptable that as we approach the two-year anniversary of the Aliso Canyon Leak, we have yet to learn the root cause of the largest leak in US history and are still only beginning to learn its far reaching affects on our community.
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