2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 30 Apr 2004 21:56:59 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: San Martin Bottled Water
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Differing decisions on bottled water

By Eric Leins
Morgan Hill Times (CA)
April 30, 2004

The state Environmental Protection Agency is forcing the company that
contaminated the South Valley groundwater basin with perchlorate to
continue its bottled water deliveries to owners of impacted wells.

The Regional Water Quality Control Board - an arm of the California EPA
- issued a letter Thursday requiring Olin Corp. to continue its bottled
water program.

After the state?s Department of Health Services raised perchlorate's
safety level from 4 parts per billion to 6 ppb, Olin asked the state if
it could discontinue the deliveries to roughly 600 well owners from
Morgan Hill to Gilroy whose wells historically have tested under 6 ppb.

?Olin shall continue to supply bottled water to affected well owners
whose wells test over 4 ppb ... ,? stated Roger Briggs, the executive
officer of the Regional Water Quality Control Board, in a letter to Olin
officials. ?While this standard is 2 ppb lower than the Department of
Health Services (safety) level, we believe there are several factors
that warrant further consideration before raising the replacement water
level to 6 ppb.?

The state's decision was welcomed news for San Martin residents who
pressed officials to make Olin continue its deliveries.


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Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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