The City Council agenda is once again covered with frac sand. On Monday, the council will discuss a possible air quality monitoring ordinance and the possibility, or lack thereof, of extending the city’s frac sand moratorium.
Whether the city could extend the moratorium has been a point of discussion at the last two City Council meetings. On February 19, City Attorney Chris Hood said that without pending state or federal action, the city had no legal authority to extend the moratorium and that the current discussions of a state-wide generic environmental impact statement (GEIS) among state regulators did not change that fact. Hood and the council will have a more thorough look at state laws concerning moratorium extensions on Monday.
Council members Gerry Krage and Pamela Eyden are proposing an ordinance which would require all sand mining, processing, and transport facilities with outdoor, uncovered stockpiles to install air quality monitors. The proposal calls for air quality monitors capable of measuring airborne silica and diesel soot and recommends adopting the State of California’s three micrograms of pollutant per cubic meter of air limit. Krage and Eyden’s motion would direct city staff to craft an ordinance which would be later approved by the council.
The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4, in the council chambers of the City Hall. This meeting is open to the public.