Monday June 17, 2013
Cleanup for North Orange County Toxic Plume Could Cost $200 MillionTim King Salem-News.com
A nation bent on military buildup that does not relent when it can, is truly one of the most dangerous.
(ANAHEIM, CA) - When it comes to environmental contamination in Orange County, California, Oregon-based Salem-News.com typically sticks to the south county eyesore that was once a Marine fighter base, the old MCAS El Toro. From this former military installation, flow underwater 'plumes' of contamination, courtesy of the disposal practices that typify the history of the nation's military industrial complex- a term coined ironically, by the famous Marine General Smedley Butler.
Now, thanks to an article by Pat Brennan, published yesterday by the Orange County Register, we get the dirty details on another plume, this one in north Orange County, that actually contaminates eight square miles of groundwater in the Anaheim area.
(see: Courtroom conflict: $200 million toxic plume - OC Register)
This is a very different scenario from the south county threat; MCAS El Toro's seeping chemical waste directly drains to and impairs the Ecological Reserve in Upper Newport Bay. But Irvine, the Irvine Company, Great Parks Corp., the Irvine Ranch Water District; all work with each other rather than against each other. There is plenty in common though, it is all about VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) that turn readily from liquid to gas -- and several are known carcinogens. They bring cancer, birth defects and all sorts of less than lovely things to those they contact.
The OC Register article states:
It is true that ignorance is one of the most direct culprits in this destruction of clean groundwater; however a nation bent on military buildup that does not relent when it can, is truly one of the most dangerous. It is sad that the people of Southern California have to pay the price. Special thanks to our Laguna Beach-based Writer, Odd Man Out Roger Butow.
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