On a joint motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and Sheila Kuehl, the Department of Public Health was directed to work with the Southern Californian Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). This study is to be conducted by an independent panel of scientific experts, paid for by SoCal Gas. Supervisor Hilda Solis added to the motion to include a similar health study for the Exide battery plant.
“Considering the magnitude of this gas leak — the largest in history– and the resulting multitude of health complaints, it is vital for
the well-being of the residents in these communities, that a comprehensive health study be conducted to determine any potential long-term health threats impacting our residents,” said Antonovich. “Along with Public Health, the California Air Resources Board, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the state’s Department of Public Health, Cal/EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, have shown strong support for an exhaustive study to determine the gas leak’s long-term health impacts.”
A health study on long term impacts was determined as appropriate and necessary by various local, State, and federal health agencies due to the unprecedented nature and magnitude of the gas leak at Aliso Canyon, as well as the continuation of negative health effects being reported by residents, in spite of the cessation of the gas leak in February.
“The Gas Company should live up to its responsibility and commitments by fully funding this vital health long-term health study,” he added.