I can't resist this. Someone by the name of 'Conroy' posted an email comment on this blog regarding George Dailey's letter to the editor printed in the Santa Maria Times a couple weeks ago. (Read Conroy's email in its entirety by clicking on Recent Comments to the left of this commentary.)
Dailey was quite up front in his thoughts about the incumbent Santa Maria city council members. He said, "In view of what this council has done, why would anyone in their right mind vote to retain them in office? Santa Maria deserves better representation than this."
It seems Marty Mariscal didn't like this example of citizens exercising their freedom of speech rights. Conroy says in his email that Mariscal personally called Dailey, angry about his county split comment and said that "the soil from Guadalupe was NOT contaminated."
Conroy says Dailey asked Mariscal why the soil had to be moved if it wasn't contaminated.
Mariscal said the soil was just "dirty" soil.
So Mariscal is saying that the California Water Quality Control Board was wrong when it stated that the diluent in the Guadalupe soil, ". . . contains carcinogenic, chemical solvents, including benzene, toluene, xylene and ethylbenzene (often referred to as BTEXs)."
I guess Mariscal is also disputing the Guadalupe Oil Field Environmental Impact Report of March 1998, which said, "Diluent contains several compounds (Benzene, Toluene, Ethylene and Xylene, aka BTEX) that are known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm." (Appendix C, page C-3)
This report also states that, ". . . from a scientific viewpoint, the diluent contamination is likely to persist for centuries or millennia . . . ." (Appendix D, page D-56)
Tsk, tsk. Dirty dirt, indeed.