Last week was a busy week, here is a recap of some of the meetings I had regarding the oil spill. I joined my colleagues in the California State Assembly for a briefing by the Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources to discuss the response to the oil spill and potential legislative action moving forward to address this incident.
I also joined the United States Coast Guard, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, City of Huntington Beach and other officials during a press conference earlier this week at Huntington Beach for the Unified Command Center’s daily update to seek answers and updates for the public.
Incident Command Post: The incident command post will be moving to Orange County in Costa Mesa starting Monday, October 11th.
Volunteer Update: Friday was the first day that public volunteers were trained and deployed to assist with the cleanup efforts in Bolsa Chica State Beach. There were a total of 35 volunteers that assisted with the Bolsa Chica State Beach cleanup with thousands more registered to assist in future cleanups.
Encountering Tarballs on the Beach: According to the Unified Command, the public may encounter tarballs on San Diego and Orange County beaches. Oil contains hazardous chemicals, and for safety reasons, it is recommended that the public should not handle or touch the tarballs or any oil. If beachgoers encounter tarballs, contact clean up teams at [email protected].
Air Quality Monitoring: Community air monitoring is being conducted by CTEH, a third-party contractor specializing in worker, and public health and safety during and after emergency chemical releases. Air monitoring and sampling efforts include both continuous air monitoring and air sampling on a 24-hour basis. Community air sampling continues at mobile and fixed stations throughout Orange County. Air samples are currently being collected at 12 sites spanning from Seal Beach to San Clemente.
Decontamination Sites: The Unified Command is preparing decontamination stations at Long Beach, Huntington, and Newport Harbors. The location at Newport Harbor is expected to be fully operational starting today, October 10th.
For any individuals or businesses: who may have been affected by the incident, or for vessel decontamination, you may call the claims number that has been set up, and reference Pipeline (POO547) at 866-985-8366. Small vessel decontamination sites are anticipated to be set up by Saturday, October 9. If you would like to know more information on oil spills specifically, please visit the Office of Response and Restoration website at https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/oil-and-chemical-spills/oil-spills
Daily LIVE Updates: please feel free to use this resource to remain updated throughout your day: https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/live/
I will continue my efforts to keep you updated on the impacts of the oil spill and possible solutions that are being discussed. Please stay safe and avoid the beaches at this time. It is an honor serving you in the California State Legislature.