Saturday, February 6, 2016
Most of us see sustainable development as helpful. In fact, sustainable development planning is costing people their property values and the grant money planners provide usually comes with strings that further limit property owners' rights while recasting the social makeup of your community.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Important Community Event!
Public Hearing on
Marinwood Toxic Waste Cleanup
"Get the facts" with: Damon Connolly, Marin County Supervisor, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Geologica and the Clean up Marinwood Plaza Now Oversight Committee.
Learn: What is PCE, TCE and its dangers ?
What are risks to our community if it goes untreated?
How this will affect my property values and our future?
You'll see the latest test reports, current maps of the toxic plume and other exhibits. Experts available to answer your questions.
Don't Miss it! One Night Only!
Wed. Feb 10th at 7:30 PM.
Mary Silveira School
375 Blackstone Dr.
Assembly Member Marc Levine, (D) San Rafael addresses the Marin Coalition Lunch on the topic of the Richmond Bridge, the MTC and the politically opportunist Supervisor Steve Kinsey.
We applaud Marc Levine for sponsoring a bill to change the designation of Marin County to "suburban" at 30 units per acre and opening the third lane on the Richmond Bridge. He also sponsored legislation to disband the MTC to a more responsive, elected agency.
Mr. Levine is showing strong leadership for the North Bay and has our support.
Full meeting 1 hour
Thursday, February 4, 2016
We expose how the EPA knew a toxic Superfund site was contaminating residents' drinking water for 23 years but never told anyone about it. Since our reports, a criminal investigation has been launched, a civil case has gone before the US Supreme Court and new regulations have been enacted. Unfortunately, residents say the site is making them terminally ill and they're still waiting for a cleanup. Investigative Reporter Mike Mason explains.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
As seen in the Marinpost.org and Planningforreality.org
Posted by: Richard Hall - January 31, 2016 - 2:41pm
Recently, I found myself locking horns with a SMART train believer. They had fully bought into Measure Q, which passed by a narrow margin based, amongst other wording, on the premise:
"To... fight global warming...all funds supporting these environmentally responsible transportation"
My adversary, perturbed by my failure to buy into this green train, and pointing to conclusive analysis that showed that the train will certainly increase CO2 emissions asked:
“I'm also wondering if you looked at the emissions issue pertaining to other greenhouse gasses like NOx. I just want to make sure you are not being selective about the facts you are sharing.”
This seemed like a fair question. So I started to dig. Many readers may already be aware Nitrogen Oxides only represent 5% of man made greenhouse gas emissions, while CO2 dwarfs this at 82% of anthropological greenhouse gas emissions. But Nitrogen oxides are far more harmful…
Googling "Nitrogen Oxides, living near effect on health" turns up a litany of studies and articles documenting the high impact these gases have on the respiratory system – particularly on children.
How Much NOx Do Cars In Marin Emit?
Looking at EMFAC / CARB for gasoline cars (LDAs) in Marin in 2017, aggregate speed and season, emissions of NOx are 0.088g NOx per vehicle mile. A caveat – to increase accuracy one one might aggregate cars and light trucks to weight the distribution of gasoline, diesel, hybrid and electric vehicles - a mix which is steadily improving for cars and that will be unique to Marin.
How Much NOx Will the SMART Train Emit?
According to SMART, for a roundtrip between Larkspur and Cloverdale - 140 miles - emissions of NOx and NMHC would be 1,175g, which translates to 8.4g per mile. The actual number would be higher when this is translated to revenue miles to take into account deadhead miles .
Source: Page 17, table 3: SMART Vehicle Study
Source: Page 17, table 3: SMART Vehicle Study
Compare this with car NOx emissions of 0.088g per mile (Source California Air Resources Board EMFAC data for average car on the road in Marin in 2017). That makes SMART 95 times higher NOx emissions than gasoline cars, and this gap is only widening as cars are becoming cleaner much faster than trains.
Applying the APTA mode shift factor of 42% of train riders will be former car occupants, this means SMART would need 227 average daily riders (per train) to breakeven and reduce NOx emissions. Even the New Jersey Hudson Line running alongside Manhattan in a dense urban area has an average ridership of only 33 riders. Portland’s light rail is under 25. To presume that SMART - a train serving rural and suburban Marin - would come close, let alone exceed a ridership of 227 is to be spinning a fairy tale.
It's worth mentioning some caveats in these calculations:
- deadhead miles (positioning, maintenance) are not considered would make the SMART emissions worse;
- SMART emissions include NMHC (non methane hydrocarbons) while the car figures do not (EMFAC does not appear to show NMHC figures or combined NOx/NMHC figures).
So once again the evidence shows that not only will SMART certainly raise CO2 emissions significantly, it will very likely do the same for the highly toxic and greenhouse gas of Nitrogen Oxide.
What if Measure Q Had Been Accurate?
If Measure Q had accurately reflected that the train is certain to increase CO2 and NOx emissions would it have passed? The old saying goes “all that glitters is not gold”. Perhaps it should be updated in a world rightly obsessed with fighting climate change to “all that glitters is not green”.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016
I wonder if the Nextdoor moderator in Flint Michigan removes posts on lead in the water? That is what is happening in Marinwood on the topic of Toxic waste that is threatening Casa Marinwood and Silveira Ranch.
I posted two educational videos on the watershed and the Toxic waste in Marinwood. Bruce Anderson, former Marinwood politician and "consultant" for developers removed them. I did not post my website www.savemarinwood.org but merely posted youtube links.
The information is scientifically accurate and informative.
Here are the two links. Please post them on your nextdoor neighborhood and be certain it reaches the Marinwood neighborhood. The only way we combat censorship is to persist with the truth.
https://youtu.be/nyro8Gt8zq4 Anatomy of a Dry Cleaner Spill (1 minute 30 sec )
https://youtu.be/guqinVOHTqc How an Aquifer works ( 6 minute 30)
|Former Marinwood CSD Politician Bruce Anderson and part time "consultant" to developers|
now is a full time CENSOR on Marinwood/Lucas Valley NextDoor. He is intentionally telling people that the toxic waste at Marinwood Plaza is a "few pounds" and "probably safe" in direct contradiction to the truthful record published
on Geotracker. His does not want people to know the truth.
Tell Bruce Anderson, Liz McCarthy and Geoff Mack that you believe in open, respectful dialogue.
Censorship is not "neighborly"
Important Public Hearing!
Wed, Feb 10th at 7:30 PM
Mary Silveira School
375 Blackstone Dr.
This is your opportunity to meet with state regulators from the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), Geologica (consultant for Marinwood Plaza), Damon Connolly and community leaders.
We need this site excavated for the health of our community and to allow redevelopment of the plaza.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Marinwood Plaza , Toxic Waste site contamination contains PCE and TCE and is expected to look similar to this 3 D animation of a site along the Ohio River.
Note that PCE and TCE goes BELOW the groundwater level and can spread far. If you substitute "San Francisco Bay" for Ohio River, you have a pretty good model for the Prosperity Cleaners Site. Obviously the data and the plume spread will be different.
"Every day that goes by without cleanup, the situation gets worse"
"They have to get that source removed by excavation or it will continue to fall through the soil column and spread throughout the groundwater."
"There is $11 million dollars in taxpayer money wasted on investigating the problem and still no cleanup of the site"
Here is a brief video explaining the dry cleaning contamination as is found at Marinwood Plaza.
Prosperity cleaners occupied Marinwood Plaza for approximately fifteen years and high levels of PCE contamination was found in December 2012 at 2000 times above the legal limit. PCE is associated with major health risks and was banned in California in 2007. This report was produced by Stanford University students in 2008 of another drycleaner with issues similar to Prosperity Cleaners.
The PCE toxic waste was extends from Marinwood Plaza, under the 101 freeway and is threatening the water supply of the Silveira Dairy Ranch.
A clean up order has been issued to current Marinwood Plaza owners, Marinwood Plaza LLC (aka Hoytt Enterprises) to remove the PCE by August 1, 2016. On January 12, 2014, Hoytt Enterprises appealed the order to allow more time for clean up to a distant date in the future so that Bridge Housing could get permitting and financing together to build Marinwood Village, a 81 unit apartment complex.
Despite the threat to the Silveira Ranch, the dairy herd and the health of potentially thousands of people, Supervisor Susan Adams and Assemblyman Marc Levine, lobbied the RWQCB to remove the order and delay the clean up for the benefit of Bridge Housing, Wells Fargo Bank and Marinwood Plaza,LLC.
|Dry Cleaning Toxic Waste Health risks|
Silveira Ranch and Marinwood residents, the RWQCB voted unanimously to keep the order in place for the health of the community and our water supply. Half of the directors even supported an accelerated cleanup by July 1, 2015 due to the severity of the risk.
See the full Marinwood Plaza Hearing: HERE