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  •  is that really allowable under CA CEQ? (1+ / 0-)
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    California has allowed discharges to unlined ponds when the regulator determines the groundwater is not threatened, or that the groundwater is already severely degraded.
    Allowing such practice cannot be considered consistent with any theory of groundwater remediation and recovery.
    •  Holly Sugar in Brawley, (1+ / 0-)
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      Imperial County, treats and discharges its waste water to unlined ponds.

      The permit's Finding #14 states that groundwater is already 14,000 mg/l for TDS (salts) so it's no big deal.

      In contrast, the frackers were foolish enough to operate an unlined pit where the groundwater was still worth protecting.

      “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

      by 6412093 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 09:05:07 PM PST

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    •  Welcome to "green" California (0+ / 0-)

      The national and international media has again and again falsely characterized California as a "green state" and "environmental leader." Yet the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has repeatedly given agribusiness interests virtual "permits to pollute" in its agricultural discharge waiver program. The oil industry also benefits from California's lax enforcement of the Clean Water Act and other laws. And yes, allowing such a practice cannot be consistent with any theory of groundwater remediation and recovery.

      The only thing that California is a leader in is corporate greenwashing disguised as "environmental protection," including the Bay Delta "Conservation" Plan to build the twin tunnels, the MLPA Initiative to create fake "marine protected areas" and cap and trade REDD policies that endanger the environment and indigenous communities around the world.

      Of yes, California is also a leader in fish kills, ranging from the Klamath Fish Kill of 2002, to the Prospect Island Fish Kill of 2007, to the massive massacres of chinook salmon, steelhead, Sacramento splittail, striped bass, threadfin shad and other species in the Delta pumps every year.

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