Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez filed a motion Tuesday to address the gas leak at the Valley Generating Station, which she said has been spewing methane.
“I am furious to hear about the methane leak at the Valley Generating Station,” Martinez said on social media.
“It is a slap in the face and another environmental injustice laid on a community that has historically been dismissed, and overburdened with an over concentration of heavy industry and the health effects that come with that.”
The Martinez motion demands a report from the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power — in five days — on when the leak began, how much methane was released, how the public was notified, how the leak can be repaired sooner than November and requests that the facility be shut down as soon as possible until those repairs are made.
The motion also requests information on how the DWP, which owns the facility, intends to mitigate community impacts and previous impacts.
Martinez said the DWP should have alerted people immediately, and that the levels of methane gas coming from the plant was “insulting to a community whose personal burden is the reason the city does not have to go off the grid during heatwaves.”
“They do not need the added harms of one more kilogram of polluted or toxic air, let alone 100 kilograms of leaking methane every hour,” Martinez said.
According to Martinez’s motion, the area around the Valley Generating Station ranks in the top five percentile of most polluted census tracts in the state, which was cited from data from CalEnviorscreen.
“This is something we were aware of, had a plan in place and are executing that plan,” DWP General Manager Martin Adams said on Thursday, as reported by the Los Angeles Daily News.
“Not that a methane leak is good. But it’s not something that we were not aware of and not addressing.”’
During a week when excessive heat resulted in blackouts across the state, Los Angeles was largely spared due to its power facilities and portfolio, Martinez said.
Martinez’s motion will be first heard by the council’s Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Justice Committee.
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