AVCA SUPPORTS MT. UNUMHUM CLEAN UP
At its regular meeting held on
The board directed that the president send a letter to national elected representatives listed below. The letters from the General Manager of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and to Mike Honda, Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Jackie Speier, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein follow.
writing to ask for your support in directing the Department of Defense to clean
up the former Almaden Air Force Station atop
The 48-acre property was purchased from the United States Government by the District in 1986, and incorporated into its Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve.
To date the area has had to remain closed to the public due to the presence of toxic materials and hazardous physical conditions.
Because the public cannot afford to wait another two decades for cleanup activities to begin we would like to ask you to submit the attached letter of support directing the Department of Defense to clean up the former AFS.
Your effort to sign and send the attached letter of support, on behalf of the Almaden Valley Community Association, would be very much appreciated and would greatly increase the likelihood of positive action by federal legislators. Please submit it to the legislators listed at the bottom of the attached sample letter and send a signed copy to us via fax, e-mail or mail as soon as possible.
Please let me know if you need any additional information or if you would like to visit the site.
Stephen E. Abbors
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
330 Distel Circle,
Ph: (650) 691-1200 / FAX: (650) 691-0485
GENERAL SUPPORT LETTER FOR ALMADEN AFS CLEANUP EFFORT
The Honorable Michael M. Honda
Dear Congressman Honda:†
The Almaden Valley Community
Association passed a motion on
In addition, I write to request your assistance in securing $4,000,000 in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, under Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment, for economic adjustment programs, including, infrastructure assessments and feasibility studies, engineering activities, specialized environmental and legal services, and, other activities necessary for the community to address issues that continue to create a barrier to reuse of Almaden AFS.†
More than 20 years after the
Districtís purchase of lands that include the former Almaden AFS atop
In sharp contrast to the painfully slow pace of cleanup under the FUDS program, the Defense Department, under congressional mandate, has made the cleanup of bases closed under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program a high priority.† The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported recently that the Department of Defense has spent in excess of $10 billion on BRAC cleanups since 1988.
As a matter of long overdue equity, we, again, ask that you take whatever steps are necessary to direct the Department of Defense to carry out the timely remediation of past and current site conditions at Almaden AFS, including the remediation of petroleum products, solvents, PCBs, friable asbestos, and deteriorating lead-based paint, as well as structural safety issues arising from the two decades of deterioration occurring during the administration of the property under the FUDS program.
The cleanup of Almaden AFS will allow the District to expedite plans to provide for public access and proper management of the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, protect the unique environmental characteristics of the sensitive Sierra Azul and Bear Creek Redwoods areas, and eliminate the threat posed to public health and listed species by uncontained contaminants on former Almaden AFS.
We who live in
Same Letter to:
The Honorable Anna G. Eshoo
Dear Congresswoman Eshoo:†
The Honorable Zoe Lofgren
Dear Congresswoman Lofgren:†
The Honorable Jackie Speier
Dear Congresswoman Speier:
The Honorable Barbara Boxer
Dear Senator Boxer:†
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Dear Senator Feinstein:
A signed copy of your letter for our files would be greatly appreciated (by FAX or mail):
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
ATTN:† Public Affairs Dept.
330 Distel Circle
Los Alto, CA† 94022
FAX:† (650) 691-0485