Fullerton, Calif. – TODAY, Former Lieutenant Commander Gil Cisneros, who is running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional District, released a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt, asking him to list the Orange County North Basin site on the EPA’s National Priorities List.
LETTER FROM GIL CISNEROS:
May 18, 2018
Scott Pruitt, Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Docket Center
Superfund Docket Number [EPA-HQ-OLEM-2017-0603]
Mail Code 2822IT
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20460
RE: Support for National Priority Listing of the Orange County North Basin Site
Dear Mr. Pruitt:
I believe access to clean water is not only a fundamental right but also essential to the health and well being of our community in California’s 39th Congressional District. I fully support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placing The Orange County North Basin Site on the National Priorities List (NPL). While some stakeholders in the community would like to kick the can down the road, I say the time to act quickly and comprehensively is now, before there is further vertical and horizontal migration of the contaminant plume.
The Orange County groundwater basin currently supplies 75% of the drinking water for 2.5 million residents in 22 cities. The Orange County North Basin Groundwater Contamination Site is a five-square-mile area of groundwater contaminated by industrial solvents. Five drinking water wells have already been taken out of service due to the arrival of contaminants, and additional wells remain threatened. The contaminant plume that underlies the cities of Fullerton, Placentia, and Anaheim is believed to be the result of spills and leaks from industrial activities in the area. Dry-cleaning, manufacturing, and metal processing facilities have all utilized harmful solvents over the last few decades, threatening the health of Orange County citizens.
I’m joining the Orange County Water District, elected officials, and community members in asking the EPA to take immediate action to clean up the North Basin site under the Superfund law. NPL listing will be a significant step in helping to control the spreading and facilitate the removal of the contamination that threatens the primary drinking source for residents and businesses in the region, including the constituents in CA-39.
Yours in service,
California’s 39th Congressional District
Gil Cisneros is a former U.S. Naval Officer and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), the National Defense Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his exemplary service to his country. Gil is Advocate and co-founder of The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, an organization committed to improving the level of Hispanic education in the country. Gilbert’s dedication toward philanthropy began when he purchased a winning California Mega Millions lottery ticket in 2010. Gil and Jacki partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the city of Pico Rivera, California to create Generation First Degree Pico Rivera, with the goal of putting a college degree in every Hispanic household in the city. Gil’s commitment to education, led him to be appointed to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative’s advisory board, on which he still serves, and President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
California’s 39th Congressional District, split between Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, will be one of the most competitive districts in California. Hillary Clinton won the district by a whopping nine points, the DCCC labeled it a first-round target on its battlefield map and recently, the Cook Political Report changed the district’s status from Lean R to Lean D.