Tag Archives | APCD Director Ted Schade


Confusion over Air Board membership

After they talked for about an hour, it still wasn’t exactly clear why Supervisors Linda Arcularius and Matt Kingsley wanted to get more seats for Inyo County on the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control Board and why now. The agenda said The two board members were requesting the Air Pollution Control Board to recommend […]

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Owens Dry Lake: dispute settlement; Indian artifact protest

While the Department of Water and Power and Air Pollution Control District reached settlement on seven legal issues, local citizens prepared to rally against dust mitigation work on the Owens Dry Lake to save what they say are thousands of Indian tribal artifacts at the lake bed. In the first case, APCD Director Ted Schade […]

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Dust pollution declared carcinogenic

This month, the World Health Organization declared air pollution a human carcinogen, calling it a leading cause of cancer deaths globally. The WHO labeled air pollution as the highest of the agency’s four-level classification system. What about the Owens Dry Lake dust? Air Pollution Control District Director Ted Schade responded to our questions about that. […]

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Questions of air quality law between DWP and APCD

With last minute surprises from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Great Basin Air Pollution Control Board met recently in Mammoth Lakes. The APCD Board had approved a Term Sheet which required crafting of a draft settlement agreement on taking care of dust at Keeler and another three square mile area. Records […]

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LADWP sends lawyers, others to gripe about APCD budget

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power recently sent two attorneys, one staff person and outside consultants to Bridgeport to gripe about the Air Pollution Control District budget. They particularly criticized APCD’s expense of $25,000 for computers and an ATV to work at the Owens Dry Lake. At the last Town Council meeting, Mammoth […]

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More of the same from Los Angeles

As expected, the Los Angeles City Council approved a resolution Wednesday to support the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power lawsuit against the EPA, California Air Resources Board, BLM, State Lands Commission, and GBUAPCD.  An official press release continues with statements refuted by APCD Director Ted Schade and others.  LADWP insists it has been […]

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LADWP PR video compared to dustcam

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power General Manager Ron Nichols made a big fuss over Mammoth’s Water District hiring a public relations firm to get their water rights’ story out. Now, DWP, which has used PR firms for years, just put out a new, slick publicity video on the Owens Dry Lake. The DWP […]

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LADWP appeals dust clean-up order

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 […]

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LADWP balks at more dust clean-up

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will apparently clean up 98% of the toxic Owens Lake dust, but they don’t want to go the whole 100%.  In a lengthy press release from DWP Senior Assistant General Manager for Water, James McDaniel, the news came out that DWP has appealed the latest dust control […]

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