Susan Luzzaro 4:30 p.m., Dec. 11
Almost Time to Fire Up the Encanto Gas Holder Shredder at SDG&E
In 2001, San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) entered into a Voluntary Cleanup Agreement with the California Department of Toxic Substance Control.
The reason for the VCA was to get a handle on numerous complaints of improper asbestos handling during the 2000-2001 site demolition project at the Lemon Grove Encanto Gas Holder facility. The main contractor for the demolition was IT Corporation. I know this because the IT Corporation project manager, Kyle Rhuebottom, was found guilty in the 2007 trial entitled United States of America v. SDG&E.
The same thing happened to David "Willy" Williamson, the SDG&E employee who claimed to be a certified asbestos consultant at the demolition but could not prove that certification in the same United States of America v. SDG&E trial.
To perform the preliminary endangerment assessment at the site, Jacquelyn McHugh, the Sempra Energy environmental compliance manager assigned to the site, selected Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, which happens to be IT Corporation after a bankruptcy sale. McHugh was found not guilty when it couldn't be proved that she ever visited the site during the demolition. What happens in Encantostan, stays in Encantostan.
One of the VCA terms is that 6 years after the last act under the VCA was performed, SDG&E gets to dispose of all documentation regarding the cleanup that never took place under the VCA at the site.
The last act under the VCA was DTSC's issuance of a "no further action" letter in the summer of 2004, once Shaw E&I AKA "IT Corp assets less liabilities" did its thing. It's 2010 now.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency warned us residents of Encantostan and Lemon Grove that we could start to see asbestos-related illness from our exposure to friable asbestos in twenty years or so from the start of our exposures, and we're half-way there.
When I google "Encanto Gas Holder" and "SDG&E guilty", I get a whole lot of website links pointing to mesothelioma law firms.
These things I get to think about, every day.
Hopefully, those law firms know how to file motions directing potential defendants to preserve evidence in California, or the people who the United States Department of Justice identified as federal crime victims can't be their best clients.