Don Bauder 9:40 p.m., May 21
Cleaning Up Qualcomm
On Monday, San Diego city councilmembers will consider allocating an additional $575,000 for consultants and lawyers hired by the City to address the gasoline and other contamination from under Qualcomm Stadium. The pollution seeped from the Mission Valley Terminal site in the mid-'80s, which had been owned and operated by Santa Fe Pipeline Partners and later Houston-based energy company, Kinder Morgan.
Now, nearly 20 years after the regional water-control board took action to clean up the site, the contamination remains and the City's bill to consultants and law firms totals more than $1.4 million.
In addition to the monetary costs, the gas and toxic pollutants have seeped into an underground aquifer, which the City will eventually use to supply water to 6000 homes, as well as for desalination projects.