Governor Takes Action on Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva Request to Assist in Orange County Water Cleanup

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Water Plume Fullerton Sharon Quirk-Silva

SACRAMENTO — Earlier last month, Assembly woman Quirk-Silva sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown concerning the awareness of the a five mile long “plume” of contamination from mainly industrial solvents, which has been found in a portion of our Orange County groundwater known as the “North Basin.” The North Basin located beneath the cities of Fullerton, Anaheim, and Placentia. The Orange County groundwater basin provides 2.4 million people with water, and nineteen cities and agencies draw approximately 75 percent of their water supply from our local basin. 

“Our OC Water District has been working on this pollution challenge for over two decades, and understands all too well the critical need for remediation to stop this growing hazard to our water,” said Quirk-Silva. “This contamination jeopardizes the health and safety of our Orange County residents, and even more serious problems will occur if clean-up is not done.”

The letter prompted action from the California State Environmental Protection Agency to work with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), and to list the North Basin site on the National Priorities List (NPL).

“Federal, State, and local officials must all continue to work together in order to protect the health of all Orange County’s citizens; especially the children in our community,” said Quirk-Silva. “I’d like to thank Governor Brown for his timely response in our local matter.”

For the PDF copy of the original letter sent to the Governor, and the letter from Cal EPA to the U.S. EPA, click the following: 

Quirk-Silva's Letter to Governor

CalEPA Letter to US EPA.pdf