The state and city beaches of Huntington Beach reopened Monday morning under a state-city agreement, but without the involvement of the Orange County Healthcare Agency. County Health is not expected to complete its initial testing by mid-week.
Newport Beach reopened its shores Monday afternoon and said on its website, “Water quality tests show seawater is safe for swimmers and surfers to return to.”
Meanwhile, the city of Laguna Beach is examining itself but will work with the county to determine when to proceed.
Despite having a “unified command” to coordinate spill operations, the jurisdiction “you” decides when to reopen the water.
No consultant or county provides a set standard for reopening. That means it’s up to your municipality, “Caterer wrote.
Ketter wrote that many municipalities have contracted for their own testing to find out when water is safe for humans.
Huntington Beach state and city beaches closed at the end of October 2 after oil spills off the coast of Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.
Huntington Beach and the State Department of Fish and Wildlife signed an agreement with Moft & Nicole Engineering Company to test the water, which began Friday.
Huntington Beach spokeswoman Jennifer Kerry said the water samples collected on Friday, October 8, did not show unhealthy levels of petroleum-related toxins.
“They test for PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hyddrocarbons) and TPHs (total petroleum hydrocarbons),” Kerry said. “Only one site returned identifiable quantities of any type of oil chemical.”
Kerry said Huntington Beach was able to reopen faster than expected, partly because of the weather.
“The current cut off the flow of oil,” he said.
In addition, he said: “There was less oil than we thought before. Estimates of the outbreak have dropped significantly, which is great news.
Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said the city would not move forward with reopening its coast without knowing it was safe to do so, and it would post all of its water testing data on a new City Spill Information website. Is sharing
“We want people to feel comfortable,” he said. “We want them to be safe.”
Newport Beach said on its website that it tested 10 locations and “the test showed no identifiable levels of PAH or petroleum hydrocarbons in eight of the 10 locations. Some of the remaining oil fell in two locations.” , Found on non-toxic surfaces, veg and balboh pier.
More beaches, and in some cases beaches and waters, have reopened since the outbreak, but it is not entirely clear which agencies are involved in these decisions.Adam Stanton, a public affairs specialist in joint spill cleaning efforts (including Orange County, State Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Coast Guard), said there is an environmental firm called CTEH at Uniform Command that takes water samples. And tests them using the federal EPA. methods
The U.S. Coast Guard is warning beachgoers in San Diego and Orange County that climate change and rising tides could increase beach concentration. People who watch Tar Balls are asked to contact Coast Guard cleanup teams at [email protected]
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, meanwhile, called for a radio interview Monday to inspect all oil pipelines off the coast of Orange County.