The ACOE is given sixty days to develop a restoration proposal and future notification procedures for actions taken in the waterways of the Sepulveda Basin South Wildlife Reserve. Be sure to read the L.A. Times and Daily News November 1st for coverage of this filing.
All Conservation Announcements
Kris Ohlenkamp with assistance from the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (as directed by the City Council of Los Angeles) has created a restoration plan for the South Wildlife Area of the Sepulveda Basin. To date, the restoration plan has been endorsed by the following local community organizations.
Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council – 9/4/2013
The Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Areas Steering Committee
California Native Plant Society – Los Angeles Chapter
The Sierra Club – Angeles Chapter
Encino Neighborhood Council
San Fernando Valley Audubon Society
Los Angeles Audubon Society
California Audubon Society
The River Project
Friends of Los Angeles River (FOLAR)
others to follow.
The message below announces the availability of the NASA Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) pertaining to the clean-up of the NASA-administered portions of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (also known as Rocketdyne).
SFVAS believes this DEIS contains major deficiencies, primarily due to the approach to the clean-up, which requires the removal, transport and disposal of one-half million tons of soil.
Among the flaws in the resulting DEIS are the failure to consider alternative clean-up proposals, ignoring the function of the NASA property as a wildlife corridor connecting the Santa Susana Mountains and Los Padres National Forest to the Santa Monica Mountains, and underestimates of bird usage of the area from studies that ignore the work of SFVAS’s San Fernando Valley Bird Observatory on neighboring portions of the site.
Please attend the upcoming meetings, announced below. Ask questions, express your displeasure about the DEIS, and send NASA your comments in writing.
For additional information contact Mark Osokow at – gro.nouduavfsnull@wokosO.kraM.
It is important to remember that SFVAS sent a letter to the NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) months ago concerning the egregiously excessive clean-up standard NASA agreed to with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. The OIG concluded that the clean-up provisions in the agreement, entitled the “Administrative Order on Consent” (AOC) were unreasonable. However, NASA management blithely ignored the OIG’s conclusions in preparing the current DEIS. The AOC is the underlying justification for this environmentally damaging process, which will result in the trucking of approximately one half million cubic yards of soil, including irreplaceable topsoil, to landfills across the country. In following this process, NASA is ignoring less environmentally damaging alternatives, including actual risk-based alternatives.