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|Date:||18 Apr 2003 16:48:17 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Toxics? What Toxics?|
California ORANGE COUNTY WEEKLY Toxics? What Toxics? Agran and Irvineís about-face on El Toro contamination by Anthony Pignataro Depending on whateverís politically expedient at that moment, Irvine Mayor Larry Agran and other city officials have espoused radically different views on toxic contamination at the old El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Sometimes they say the base is an environmental nightmare; other times itís prime park land. In an April 6 Los Angeles Times piece, reporter Jean O. Pasco identified a zone euphemistically called "Anomaly Area 3" that presents the first of what could be many land-development headaches plaguing the Great Park. It seems that part of the base is so contaminated the Navy wonít even include it in the 3,500-acre land auction set to take place in June. Area Anomaly 3 is part of an old landfill on the baseís northeastern corner, near the intersection of Irvine Boulevard and Marine Way. Approximately 800 feet long and 30 feet deep, the dump contains extremely hazardous construction debris and, the Navy says, dangerous levels of asbestos, arsenic, benzopyrene and petroleum hydrocarbons. According to Irvineís Great Park plan, the dumpsite would be smack in the middle of 1,100 homes. Unless Irvine wants to dump the houses and turn the site into an Asbestos Land theme park, this presents a major stumbling block. But these days, Irvine officials just donít see it. To them, nothing stands in the way of converting El Toro into a developer-friendly collection of homes, offices, big-box retail outlets and, if thereís any land left, parks. An anonymous city official writing on Len Kranserís El Toro Information website asserted, "We do not see [the contaminated dump] as a problem." This article can be viewed at: http://www.ocweekly.com/ink/03/33/news-pignataro.php ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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