Newberry Representatives Attend
Lucerne & Johnson Valleys
Municipal Advisory Council Meeting

Pat Flanagan of the Morongo Basin Conservation Association displays the extreme health hazards to local residents from solar developments in linear dune areas like Daggett and Newberry Springs.

Posted:  February 16, 2018

Health hazard data missing for EIRs acknowledged.

    Newberry Springs representatives attended the February monthly meeting of the Lucerne Valley & Johnson Valley MAC on Thursday night, February 15, 2018, in Lucerne Valley.  The representatives included Ted Stimpfel of the Newberry Springs Community Alliance, Paul Deel of the Newberry Springs EDA, and Bob Berkman of CEQA Now.

    Pat Flanagan of the MBCA presented her updated presentation of Putting the Air We Breath at Risk.  The presentation highlighted the hazardous elements affecting the respiratory system of humans from wind-driven soil particles disturbed from utility-scale solar facilities.

    The hazardous soil dust particles that become airborne in San Bernardino County's high winds have not been properly measured and analyzed.

    Despite lacking the basis of scientific assessment of high wind-driven soil particles for inclusion in Environmental Impact Studies, the County of San Bernardino Land Use Services Planning Department has been assisting major renewable energy developers without the due diligence of proper assessment.  This places citizens' health in peril.

    Flanagan pointed out during her presentation that many of the proposed and existing solar developments are sited in Sand Transport Paths in the Mojave Desert where they definitely should not be located.  The proposed renewable energy projects in Newberry Springs and Daggett are in a Sand Transport Path.

    As the lead agency in approving the Environmental Impact Studies for the renewable energy sites, the county is knowingly overlooking hazardous respiratory hazards like the tobacco industry did, which exposes the County of San Bernardino to liability risk for intentionally ignoring its known responsibility.

    Pat Flanagan is a member of the Morongo Basin MAC, board member of the Morongo Basin Conservation Association, and sits on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Mojave Desert AQMD.

    A new nonpartisan association is forming to address the Renewable Energy projects in the Silver Valley.  Should you or your organization wish to become an active participating steward in saving the Silver Valley, please submit your name and/or that of your organization, e-mail address and phone number to:

Related past news blogs:
Communities collaborating for protection. - 2/11/18
Newberry CSD falls short against solar opposition. - 2/4/18
Bombshell Transformation To Hit The Silver Valley - 1/28/18
Supervisors Are Engineering Destruction Of The Desert - 1/25/18
Corrupt County Leaders Are Reshaping Newberry - 12/3/17
Lovingood Continues Damaging Votes - 11/6/17

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