Where Is The Enforcement ?

  Posted: May 14, 2022
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
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by Ted Stimpfel

E-mail from the Mojave Desert AQMD

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A quick review of the above Mojave Desert AQMD's e-mail:
• Lacks teeth.
• The MDAQMD investigates "within one business day" (after the wind event) !
• The video in our previous blog demonstrates the ineffectiveness of "wind fencing."  You can't stop the wind and the microscopic carcinogenic silica dust particulates that travel in the wind from flowing over fences.
"Both numbers are on the project's required public sign as well."  As of this posting, we can't find any public sign with the required contact telephone numbers on or near the project site.
• Clearway's fulfillment of serious dust control has been a premeditated farce with the realization that there are no enforcement penalties from the County or the MDAQMD.
• The MDAQMD should have appropriate air monitors directly downwind of the construction site in order to monitor Newberry Springs air quality.  Newberry is a designated Environmental Justice Focus Area.
• Where are the Newberry CSD directors?  Oh! They have been receiving Clearway Energy's payola!  The morally corrupt CSD directors have been effectively neutered by Clearway.

    The document below was issued May 11, 2022, and is set to expire June 30, 2022.  What happens on July 1, 2022?
• No eastern boundary is given in the description.
• Dust suppression using water spray in an arid area has been proven to be ineffective as learned by the Los Angeles DWP at Owens Lake.

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    This picture from the previous blog is irritating.  For an entire week before the Newberry Springs wind event that occurred on the weekend of May 7-8, 2022, weather services such as NOAA, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), and numerous Web weather services were all forecasting high winds.  Why wasn't Clearway Energy and Blattner prepared to mitigate the forecasted high winds?

    What is going to happen after the solar panels are installed and the water truck equipment is gone?

    Why were these water trucks idle during a wind event?  Why wasn't the dust mitigated as promised to the community by Clearway and Blattner?  Why wasn't the soil binder working as stated at an earlier Newberry CSD meeting?  Why isn't the County's Code Enforcement on top of this situation as required?

    The County and the Mojave Desert AQMD have been far too dismissive of the solar developers' violations that are causing serious public health injuries to the impacted residents.

    As for the Newberry CSD, none of their three cheap consumer Purple Air monitors (supplied by the MDAQMD) have been giving dependable readings for the last couple of months.  Their most important unit, immediately downwind to the current construction site, has been totally nonfunctional for the previous 6-days as of this blog's posting.

    The units reported Confidence Ratings have been in the undependable range and CSD Director Jack Unger, who is in charge of the units, has failed to properly maintain them.

    Anyone who feels that the solar projects in the Silver Valley are (or will be) physically impacting their pulmonary function is encouraged to join our activist victims' group.


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