Important Clearway Energy Update !
Clearway Energy claims that silica dust will be fully controlled
with soil bonding stabilizers. As revealed in my previous posts, that is untruthful
when dealing with a 5.5-square mile project. It may temporarily work by
over saturating the soil but the long-term costs of maintenance are prohibitive.
One only has to look at the experience that the Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power has had with Owens Lake. Over one billion
dollars later, Owens Lake is still emitting dust.
Below is a recent graph of the Mojave Valley's Purple Air
monitors on a mild, breezy day this week. While the overall valley was
having relatively good air quality, the air directly downwind of the mowed
solar land (in yellow) was significantly dirtier.
What isn't being shown in the graph is the ultra-fine
carcinogenic silica dust that the Purple Air consumer-grade monitors can't
begin to detect. This ultra-fine dust easily becomes airborne in slight
breezes and blows far into the "green" areas.
In high winds, the ultra-fine silica dust can travel through
multiple neighboring states. In everyday lite breezes, it just
mixes into the air our lungs absorb.
The following is a small sampling of what is being posted
on Facebook regarding the Clearway solar project:
Another resident has complained about the gigantic transmission
poles that are an awful eyesore and degrading to Newberry's rural lifestyle.
These heavy-duty industrial poles appear to be possibly targeting future expansion
For these tall structures, we can also thank the Newberry
CSD board members Robert Springer, Paula Deel, Jack Unger,
Victoria Paulsen, and former board member Larry Clark.
They had the power to stop the entire project, and in selling out the community,
they could have at least negotiated the powerlines to be placed underground as
some other communities have required.
But let's face it, Newberry Springs has historically
voted into office incompetence and malfeasance.
I have been advocating a community legal response, not only
against Clearway Energy, the County, but also against our CSD and its individual
board members. After what transpired, we have had to wait for the foreseeable
I was delighted to see, a few days ago, a Channel 7
(KABC Los Angeles) newscast about Fontana.
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As those who have been reading my news blogs know, I have
been expecting that law firms will be ringing our doorbells looking for
class action signups. I expect blowing silica dust will be the
future replacement of tobacco class actions. Tobacco and silica
are both carcinogenic that damage the lungs and other organs.
The first law firm to come knocking is
McCune,Wright, Arevalo, a local
county-based firm HQ'd in Ontario, California. While I am certainly
interested in hearing their presentation, it is a much smaller firm than
what I have foreseen in handling our matter.
The fight however is not in the size of the dog but in its bite,
so I hope that Newberry will provide a good, friendly turnout to hear their sales