June 29, 2018
Julie Hernandez, Deputy Chief
Land Use Services Code Enforcement
385 N. Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0187
Sent via e-mail: Julie.Hernandez@lus.sbcounty.gov
Dear Ms. Hernandez,
Last Tuesday night, June 26, 2018,
in Newberry Springs, during a normal light wind, I was surprised to
have an unusual amount of blowing dust covering my property. I
could taste it which was unusual. It wasn't until the following
day that a neighbor reported witnessing the dust blowing off of a
recently graded large parcel of land located at the northeast corner of
National Trails Highway and Newberry Road. This is located
approximate 1 1/2-miles west of my residence.
That day, Wednesday, June 27,
2018, I visited the site and spoke with the supervisor, Sam Cox.
The site is being occupied for PG&E which has reportedly leased the
undeveloped site for one year to store equipment for a pipeline
inspection, testing, and replacement project.
Portions of the property have
received substantial grading while other portions have simply been
skimmed. Regardless, the desert topsoil has been disturbed. I
have previously driven over a portion many times as a back road use to
lead out from the adjacent Post Office. I am knowledgeable about
the terrain that previously existed on the property.
Mr. Cox claimed that no grading
was done, only a light dragging of the surface to remove
vegetation. He acknowledged that his company has not acquired any
grading permits and has not presented any reports to the
community. This site is at a key intersection of our rural,
The area behind the grader has been leveled.
Although the property is being
watered by a water truck, it is only partially effective. Attached
(below) is a photograph taken Thursday, June 28, during a light wind
estimated at 25-MPH. The photograph was taken facing in an
easterly direction with the subject site in the foreground. The
photograph shows the dust blowing from the site.
PM10 dust and smaller particle
matter become suspended in air. When breathed in, it has the same
effect on the lungs as asbestos. As I am very sensitive to such
dust, I do not want to have this dangerous health hazard impacting
myself and my property and I wish the county to immediately place
a Cease-and-Desist Order upon the operation as an unauthorized Public
Health nuisance and further have the soil properly chemically treated
immediately to prevent further dust migration.
This is a MAJOR industrial
operation in which the parcel IS NOT zoned for! No permits to my
knowledge have been acquired nor community given notice.
As public health is at stake, time-is-of-the-essence. Please act quickly on this matter.
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