Oxnard Councilman testifies to Congress on need for Halaco toxic site cleanup

By George Miller

MacDonaldBryanOxnard City Councilman Bryan MacDonald testified on March 18, 2015 on why the SuperFund Halaco site’s (former secondary metals smelter of scrap metals) 700,000 cubic yards of toxic waste must be cleaned up.  He solicited legislative help to accomplish this.  Thanks for that, Councilman.

He also took valuable, limited time to take a shot at the city’s power plants, which are already scheduled for demolition and cleanup, if the City agrees to the power company NRG’s plan to do that and construct a much smaller, cleaner, low footprint plant.

It was announced at the 3-17 City Council  meeting that he was also supposed to speak up for why Naval Base Ventura County is so important and ask for its retention, but we didn’t see that. He only briefly mentioned its presence as part of a brief outline of coastal development at this session. There might be a separate hearing on that.

2PM Sun. update from Councilman MacDonald:  “Trip was good.  Lot of calls to Congress and Pentagon supporting NBVC and the military presence here.  Coast Guard is moving the helo unit here from LAX and we are trying to facilitate a permanent arrangement.”  More to come.


 Video of MacDonald testimony, forwarded by Steve Nash:

Here’s the whole hearing, with MacDonald at about 1:40 on this video:


Dist 26 Rep. Julia Brown’s introduced Councilman MacDonald: Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing about funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I was pleased to introduce Oxnard Councilmember Bryan MacDonald, who testified about the critical importance of EPA’s Superfund program for cleaning-up the contaminated Halaco property. Ventura County Supervisors Kathy Long and John Zaragoza also attended to show their support. Working together, we are committed to eliminating contamination at the Halaco site and restoring our coastal wetlands to their natural beauty. (My introduction is at the 46:30 mark in the video linked here.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfYpUCnCVXg_


George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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