Newberry Springs Residents Become
Aggressive Against Clearway Energy

Posted: August 19, 2022
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
by Ted Stimpfel

    Some Newberry Springs residents who are fed up with Clearway Energy's toxic blowing sand and dust and the failures of the Newberry CSD directors, the County of San Bernardino, and the Mojave Desert AQMD to address the toxic health issue, have taken the problem upon themselves to create a collage-type webpage that documents the problem.

    The Sierra Club's special summer issue of the Desert Report magazine was the first to have an external link to the webpage on August 1.  The Newberry Springs webpage is intended to be a living document with additional evidence being added to it.  Members of the Newberry community are still encouraged to contribute.

    The idea behind the webpage is that to fix a problem, the problem needs to exist in the minds of those in power to fix it.  To show the problem, the problem needs to be illustrated.

    With the webpage as a supporting tool, on August 19, 2022, I sent an early morning informal/personal e-mail to a high-level acquaintance of mine within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 9 which encompasses much of the Southwest and the Pacific.

    Within 90 minutes, she had ordered an investigation into our problem and thanked me for bringing the problem to the EPA's attention.  While the results remain to be seen, I believe that the community's supported webpage may play an important role.

    The collaborating team of the webpage desires to stop the toxic fugitive sand and dust.  We believe that the only way to do such successfully is to follow the extensive research done by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power for Owens Lake.  For our situation, the LADWP found that a ground covering of a 4-inch minimum depth of 3/8-inch minimum sized gravel is the solution.

    Our request is for a gravel blanket to cover the soil on the 5.5-square mile solar project and financial bonding for the removal cost of the gravel and land restoration after the life of the project.

    Special thanks are given to all those who have unselfishly provided their time, photographs, videos, suggestions, and moral support to the building of the documentary webpage.

The documentary webpage.

An ineffective fiddling Nero
while Newberry suffers.

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