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San Diego Files Complaint Over Qualcomm Contamination Cleanup

As much as 500,000 gallons of fuel leaked below this Mission Valley Terminal in the 1980s, contaminating the groundwater below.
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Above: As much as 500,000 gallons of fuel leaked below this Mission Valley Terminal in the 1980s, contaminating the groundwater below.

The City of San Diego has filed a complaint against local regulators for what it alleges is indifference in monitoring the contamination cleanup at Qualcomm Stadium.

Kinder Morgan removes 500,000 gallons of water daily from the contamination site as part of the cleanup. The water is treated and discharged into Murphy Canyon Creek. The city has asked the local Regional Water Quality Control Board several times to require Kinder Morgan to re-inject the water into the tainted aquifer, but regulators have refused.

Deputy city attorney Grace Lowenberg says it's time for the state to step in. "And order Kinder Morgan to re-inject that treated water back into the aquifer because the city firmly believes that re-injecting the water will expedite the cleanup and replenish the aquifer," says Lowenberg.

The water board has said re-injecting the water carries risks but an official now says the matter is in the hands of lawyers.

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