Monday, April 8, 2013

Elysian Valley: Dirt Storm Today, Hope They Did The Soil Remediation Right On Taylor Yard

Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 8, 10:25 AM.  Santa Ana Winds kicked up a dirt storm from Taylor Yard and carried it into nearby LA River and Elysian Valley this morning.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 8, 2013.  If you look really closely there appears to be drilling equipment on the site where Metrolink intends to build market rate family and senior housing.  It appears to me that they're doing pre-grading soils surveys. 

They are either not abiding by the City Standard conditions to not do earth moving in high-wind conditions or there is just so much loose earth on site being carried quite a ways off-site by the wind. 

Looks like Elysian Valley Neighborhood Council should insist on higher standards of mitigation for fugitive dust as the standard ones are either not being adhered to, or are insufficient to control potentially hazardous dust. 
Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 8, 2013.  The dirt storm seemed to originate right at the edge of the park at Taylor Yard.  

This level of dirt (particulate matter) can't be healthy for anyone to breathe. 

*Update 5:30 PM: AQMD issues air quality alerts (usually too little too late). Don't expect something this micro to show up. They say our air quality is "good" today, despite the amount of dust and pollen blowing in the wind.   They only issued an alert for the Coachella Valley today.  You can search their map for air quality.