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JPL water plans OK'd





Elise Kleeman, Staff Writer


Pasadena Star-News


PASADENA - A proposed treatment plant to clean groundwater contaminated by JPL's Superfund site has moved another step closer to reality.

Plans for the $3.1 million plant, which would be built on city land at 2696 Windsor Ave., were recently approved by a consortium of state and federal oversight agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board.

"We all agree that the path forward that we've described ... is the right path forward," said Steve Slaten, the project's manager for the National Atmospheric and Space Administration, which is overseeing the cleanup.

The project will now be considered by Pasadena city officials. The city is requiring a design review, an environmental impact analysis and a conditional use permit for the plant.

At public meetings last year, many residents of the residential area of Northwest Pasadena and surrounding Altadena expressed concern about the noise, dust, traffic and visual blight that the construction of a treatment plant might bring.

"We have acknowledged that we will address those concerns during construction," Slaten said.

Though plans for mitigation efforts have not been drafted yet, Slaten said, "the city process called the initial study, which we're putting together right now, will have all the detailed specifics."
Slaten expected the study would be completed in the fall.

The city's environmental review process will investigate whether the NASA plan adequately mitigates such quality-of-life issues. It also will include more opportunities for public comment, said John Poindexter, Pasadena's planning manager.

Slaten expected construction on the plant to begin next year, with the majority of the work being done in summer 2008.

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