LADWP appeals dust clean-up order

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This dust and clean-up demands have led to money from LADWP and a new clean air program.

In Sacramento today, the California Air Resources Board planned to hear an appeal by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  The agency opposes an order from the Air Pollution Control District here to clean up more dust at the Owens Dry Lake Bed.

Under a state plan which LADWP signed, APCD Director Ted Schade determined that in order to meet federal air quality standards DWP needed to clean up 2.9 square miles more at the Dry Lake.  In earlier years, DWP had admitted causing the Owens Lake to dry up because of water diversions to the aqueduct.

DWP attorneys appealed Ted Schade’s order, claiming that the APCD considers itself “above the law.”  Appeal briefs point to the possible clean-up cost of $440 million and says it’s “not cost effective.”  LA also argues that the State Lands Commission, owners of the lake bed, are the ones who should address Clean Air Act issues.

Ted Schade has repeatedly pointed out that the APCD does not dictate which measures LADWP has to use to clean up the dust pollution.  The Air Resources Board staff had issued a report to say that the APCD used reasonable methods and decisions to order more dust clean-up.  The ARB staff said LADWP did not prove otherwise.

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Alexander
Alexander
9 years ago

In the resent past I read that LADWP cost to export 1 acre foot of Eastern Sierra water to LA was 100 dollars for that 1 acre foot of water. And for LADWP to purchase the same from the Metropolitan Water District would be 700 dollars for that 1 acre… Read more »

Not Scared to say it
Not Scared to say it
9 years ago
Reply to  Alexander

Wow!! Thanks for sharing that good info. What gets me is they have this 330,000 – 350,000 set amount that has no regards to weak runoff years or the static water level in our aquifers. With that kind of savings they should be able to look out for our best… Read more »

Daris
Daris
9 years ago

WHO thinks they are above the law? It looks like the pot calling the kettle black to turn attention away from the DWP ignoring what it has agreed to in signed documents.