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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

OVER 15,000 TOXIC HOTSPOTS ALL OVER SAN FRANCISCO ADVERSELY IMPACT OUR WATERSHED - UNDERGROUND WATER IS ADDED TO OUR CLEAN DRINKING WATER - SOME QUALIFIED VALID ASSESSMENT MUST BE IN PLACE.

In 1986 the Maher Ordinance made sweeping changes to Article 22A of the San Francisco Health Code also known as the "Maher Ordinance".

Google the Maher Ordinance and read it - this City and County of San Francisco has made a mockery of this ordinance - looking the other way - while compromising on Quality of Life issues.

We have thousands of hot spots - and this City and County has been sitting on a time bomb. Besides a Superfund Site - which is the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard - which has been touted as water front property - and many Mainland Chinese are buying the units - linked to EB-5 Visas - which San Franciscans are just learning about.

The recent changes made to the Maher Act are there on paper - but, our City and County of San Francisco - does not have the clout to monitor, investigate, and charge those developers who are breaking the laws.

We saw this recent with Lennar Urban bombarding an entire area with contaminated dust - laden with Asbestos Structures - in and around Candlestick Stadium.

The recent changes to the Maher Ordinance - expand the types and toxic sites potentially subject to the review and oversight of the Department of Public Health - linked to the characterization and mitigation of hazardous materials in our soil and groundwater - in San Francisco.

The Department of Toxic and Substances Control and the California Environmental Protection Agency - have the maps and precise hot spots already marked.

These two agencies have been slow to investigate - and even slower to act.

The City and County of San Francisco and more the San Francisco - Department of Public Health - is slow to execute the abatement, mitigation, and clean up the over 15,000 contaminated sites.

Daily innocent people are exposed to contamination - some times in their own back yards.

The latest technology helps us to conduct soil tests - again and again we are confounded - by what we learn from the results. 

These sites could be buried Underground Fuel Storage Sites, toxic spills mostly in industrial areas all over San Francisco, contaminated sites from dumping of chrome and other such contaminants. PBCs and the list goes on and on.

In the early 1980s the Environmental Protect Agency took some lead in dealing with these contaminated sites. It took a decade before the laws were applied.

It is the same with the Department of Toxic and Substances Control (DTSC) a State entity and the California Environmental Protection Agency - both entities have had their problems.

When it comes to capacity building and addressing contamination, pollution, and in general Quality of Life issues these agency have been left - holding an empty bag.

Outreach has been poor and when confronted these agencies go on the defensive.

Over 15,000 toxic hot spots all over San Francisco - 49 square miles.

Now our City and County of San Francisco - and the corrupt and sordid San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - wants to tap into our underground water and add it to our clean drink water.

There are many maps out there that pin point the toxic hot spots.

Here is one:

http://ngem.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Maher-Map_v2.png

It does not help - when you attend the meetings and speak to the truth - but now - let the world know - how evil, sordid, and corrupt these entities are. Aho