The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District is set to release an environmental impact report for the new chloride compliance plan to possibly truck brine out of the community to a water treatment plant in Carson.
The environmental impact report, or EIR, is set to be released on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
A plan was approved in 2013 to install a deep well injection site near the Valencia Tournament Players Club golf course to dispose of brine. However, because of uproar from Santa Clarita Valley residents, the plan did not go through.
Brine is the salt removed from chloride which is added to water through soaps and other household chemicals.
“We came back to our directors and said ‘we can’t implement deep well injection at another location or a pipeline to the ocean by July 1, 2019,’” said Phil Friess, head of Technical Services of the district, in a previous story.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District, or SCVSD, created a new proposal to change the way brine is handled, said Bryan Langpap, project manager at the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.
In May of 2015, the SCVSD board members voted to OK an approximately $130 million plan to truck brine out of the Santa Clarita Valley.
About six truckloads of brine, with a maximum of 10, would be driven during off-peak hours to the proposed facility, Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson, which treats wastewater from much of the Los Angeles Basin, over 270 million gallons per day, and discharges to the ocean, according to a news release.
July 1, 2019 is the date, set by the state, when the chloride compliance plan must be implemented or the SCVSD would face a $2 million minimum annual fine, which would be paid for by Santa Clarita Valley residents, until a chloride compliance plan is implemented, Friess said in a previous story.
The EIR process analyzes the environmental impacts of the proposed brine concentration equipment at the Valencia Water Reclamation Plan and the limited trucking operation, according to a news release.
Two public meetings are scheduled to be held in December for the project. The first will be held on Dec. 10 at the Santa Clarita Valley Activities Center and the second will be held on Dec. 16 at Stevenson Ranch Elementary School.
Both meetings will have an “open house” between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in which SCVSD staff will be able answer the public’s questions, Langpap said.
The formal public hearing will start at 7:30 p.m. in which SCVSD staff will also be responding to “any questions that are brought up,” said Langpap.
The public review period is set to be closed on Jan. 8, 2015 and the final document is expected to be presented in early spring of 2016, Langpap said.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District is the public agency responsible for treating the SCV’s wastewater out of two plants: the Saugus Water Reclamation Plant and Valencia Water Reclamation Plant, according to a news release. These plants release highly treated water into the Santa Clara River.