In Santa Maria Public Works Director Paul Karp's commentary in the Santa Maria Times on August 23rd, he states, "Three years ago, the city obtained approval from state and local regulatory agencies to accept and encapsulate the non-hazardous volumes of oil impacted soil at the landfill."
If the soil is "non-hazardous", why was it necessary to excavate and isolate it from the groundwater -- and then stockpile it at the Guadalupe Beach?
And more importantly, when and where was the public notice that the City of Santa Maria was applying for approval to accept the oil impacted soil?
Again, in light of the recent criticisms by the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury against city manager Tim Ness for assuming too much power -- and the City Council for not overseeing him properly -- one has to wonder who was really in charge of this application.
Someone from the city should post a comment on Sound Off Santa Maria explaining when the public was notified of the impending application to accept what Toru Miyoshi termed "860,000 cubic yards of contaminated sand" in his commentary in the Santa Maria Times on August 10th.
One Tin Soldier