Sunday, August 16, 2015

SCAQMD: 710 Freeway Tunnel would raise cancer risk to unacceptable levels

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(Mod: This article comes to us via the amazing Sylvia Plummer and her No 710 Action Committee. It confirms what we have been saying at The Tattler for a long time. The building of the 710 Tunnel presents an immense increased cancer risk for the San Gabriel Valley. News that has apparently been actively suppressed by CalTrans and Metro, probably because your health needs are an inconvenience to the concerns of the overseas government and financial interests they really care about. Yet another example of dishonest taxpayer supported regional planning and transportation agencies working against the interests of the very people whose money sustains them. In this instance with some serious, possibly even deadly, consequences.)

"Caltrans and Metro employees get CALpers. Nice way of showing their gratitude. Cancer for platinum pensions. Do they get bonus points for killing kids?" - a reader

SCAQMD: 710 Freeway Tunnel would raise cancer risk to unacceptable levels - Many comment letters from municipalities, organizations and public agencies have also been coming in to the No 710 Action Committee. One in particular has received much attention, and it's from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

The SCAQMD letter was the subject of an article by Steve Scauzillo in The Pasadena Star News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune.


(Mod: $40 million dollars spent and they left a considerable amount of the cancer risk assessment out of the EIR. Especially the part about the increased cancer threat to children. Incredible to think that we actually pay these guys. For the rest of this PSN/SGVT article click here.)

The issues raised by SCAQMD are critical to all of us. The cancer risk is actually greater than presented in Scauzillo’s article. The DEIR/EIS used outdated methodology to calculate cancer risk. The South Coast Air Quality Management District's research found that the cancer risk, especially to children, was being UNDERESTIMATED by 200% - 300%, and recommended changes in the methodology for determining risk.

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) adopted the recommendations. The new methods take into account the physiological differences between children and adults. Overall, the cancer risk is 2.5 times higher than reported in the DEIR/EIS. Particularly disturbing is that Metro, Caltrans and their consultant, CH2MHill, were notified at a public meeting by a member of the SCAQMD Board of Directors of the new findings and change in methodology a year before the study was released. He emphasized the need for them to use the new methods. In their infinite wisdom, they chose to ignore him.

There was also a discussion of the SCAGMD findings on KPCC's AirTalk with Larry Mantle recently. "Another bump in the road: Report say 710 EIR does not account for Cancer risk." La Canada former Council Member and former Mayor, Donald Voss, South Pasadena Vice Mayor and Council Member Marina Khubesrian, and Alhambra City Council Member Barbara Messina -- took part in a discussion of the SCAQMD findings.

You can listen to the 25 minute broadcast by clicking here.

Also covered on NBC News: 710 Freeway Tunnel Health Concerns - "A new study shows building a tunnel along the 710 Freeway could be hazardous to your health. The report from the South Coast Air Quality Management District shows a negative environmental impact for the proposed project."

Link to NBC News coverage here.

(Mod: More proof that bad government isn't just a threat to your financial well-being, it can also kill you.)

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43 comments:

  1. Barbara Messina must of chocked when she read that! Or maybe I should say when the news got out.

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    1. She is an awful human being. One of the best reasons why Sierra Madre needs to leave the COG.

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    2. I hear that getting Sierra Madre out of the SGVCOG will be agendized by the City Council when they get back from vacation.

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    3. No it is NOT...taking back the COG would be better and Fasana seems to be distancing himself from the BM faction...If we can get Mike out of politics next year, kill the Highway Troika in Measure R-2, get the Gold Line to Ontario Airport...and take back the COG - 2016 would be very good Vintage Year for all...Stay in the COG BUT fight to get better policies and get BM/Associates out....

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    4. No, Tom. The COG has been in the hands of corrupt dirtbags for years. We need to leave and join real cities like Pasadena, South Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank and La Canada Flintridge and build something good and clean. You go wallow in the dirt with Alhambra, Duarte and Azusa. We're getting out.

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    5. Still shoveling truckloads of OUR money to Conway, Tom?

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    6. Around 15 years ago, Messina gave an interview to the San Marino Tribune. She baldly stated that it's about time others got sick from traffic.
      I think she realized that was not her best PR move, because I haven't seen her do that so openly since.
      It was a pretty shocking display of, "If I'm going to suffer, so are you."

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  2. Caltrans and Metro people get CALpers. Nice way of showing their gratitude. Cancer for platinum pensions. Do they get bonus points for killing kids?

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    1. The get GemCoin. Backed by amber mine.

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    2. They leap their profit!

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    3. The increase in cancer rates has been well known for years and years. And years.
      It's a sign of the condition of the body politic that nothing has stopped the plans anyway.

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  3. If a private company was hit with an investigation like this, and one with these results, there would be lawsuits and investigations from dozens of state agencies. CalTrans and Metro do it? One day news story.

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    1. The SCAQMD is on it! So yes, CalTrans and Metro are the worst of public agencies and have NO mission to help residents; but the SCAQM is a different public service altogether, and props to them.

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    2. How embarrassing for Metro and CalTrans. The truth has been told. They must be very upset and hurt.

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    3. Ya think 2:03?
      I figure they will recommit to forcing their plan on the public.

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  4. This is yet more breathtakingly obvious proof that Caltrans and Metro have been committed to a 710 tunnel project since long before the environmental process began. Although going through the motions to craft the appearance of consideration of alternatives, in their single-minded but careless zeal to advance the tunnel project, these agencies have instead created an amusing irony: Judge Pregerson’s 1999 injunction that halted the 710 freeway project was based in part on a finding that Caltrans and FHWA likely violated the Clean Air Act by failing to conduct hotspot analyses. And here we are.

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    1. Dejavu all over again.

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    2. Old dogs, old tricks.

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    3. This is a follow-the-money situation, isn't it? Cal Trans and Metro just wanted the work, and so did not pursue alternatives.

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  5. What CalTrans employees are paid.
    http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/search/?q=CALTRANS&y=

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  6. We are forever grateful for the handful of volunteers who pushed for Measure V and despite all odds, won. We weren't involved in the yes campaign (except for a yes yard sign), but judging from what has happened since, It is clear that this was a milestone for the preservation of Sierra Madre. let's hope that Preserve Sierra Madre Group can follow in those footsteps to again beat the odds.

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    1. Yes. That spirit lives on.

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  7. What Metro employees are paid.
    http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/los-angeles-county-metropolitan-transportation-authority/

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    1. Well good. They are obviously oblivious to clear health hazards, so they are going to need it.

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    2. A lot of them belong in jail.

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  8. Can anyone explain why we are supposed to take orders from Barbara Messina? Why are we supposed to care what she thinks?

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    1. Worrying about what Barbara Messina thinks? Isn't that the ultimate definition of a waste of time?

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    2. Messina fancies herself as the savior of all the victims of traffic in her region. She's right about that. Where she is wrong is in wanting to spread that horrible state of affairs to include more people.

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    3. The most maddening thing is that she could work for a better change.

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    4. I dunno. Follow the money. Messina is getting paid somewhere. They all are.

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  9. I am regular reader, how are you everybody? This piece of writing posted at
    this site is actually fastidious.

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    1. Columns line up and the pictures aren't crooked?

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  10. I have told my Pasadena councilmember that the chimneys where the auto/truck exhaust is vented should be refereed to as "CANCER STACKS" in every statement about the tunnel. Thus we employ the semantics of politics.

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    2. Isn't it comforting to know that the priority of Metro and Caltrans is getting cheap foreign plasticware from the LA ports to Wal*Mart? And that your health concerns are just a public relations problem for them?

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  11. The cancer risk from the pollution is horrendous.
    I just drove back to town, and from Foothill and Sierra Madre Villa, the view of the mountains is fully blocked by the housing going up next to the Gold Line. Talk about particulate matter - how can anyone live there?

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  12. If one wants to step back from the edge of NIMBY insanity, the same line about increased health risks have been used over and over again when ever mass development or street and freeway widening it's called progress. Local governments haven't learned how to stop population explosion coming to their cities but on the other hand they are under the influence with more people more tax dollars they will be able to collect for the government's coffers. This is like watching a dog chase it's tail and going no where but in a circle and when he bite the tail it will hurt.

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    1. Speaking of insanity, you are now free to go back to biting your tail.

      "When he bite the tail it will hurt." What a moron.

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    2. More proof that you have to be an idiot to support the 710 Tunnel.

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  13. More proof the anti-tunnel people have their heads stuck in the sand bucket of ignorance.

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    1. Increased cancer rates are no big thing. The 710 Tunnel supporters say that it can actually be good for some people.

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  14. Soon those beautiful valleys will be filled with skyscrapers just like New York city.

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