Teacher Group Objects to Cleanup Plan

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Despite maintaining a civil tone at Wednesday’s meeting, MHS teachers and parents remain unhappy with the drafted plan. 

The group “Concerned Malibu/ Cabrillo Teachers,” comprised of 29 teachers and staff of the affected schools, wrote a letter to the EPA asking that they reject Environ’s plan. The letter was submitted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) out of Washington, D.C., an agency that began representing the teachers and staffers many months ago. 

Kurt Fehling, an expert hired by Malibu Unites to weigh in on the proceedings, spoke at length with the specialists and board members about the best way to move forward with the process, emphasizing to the school board that it is their prerogative to have everything up to standard. 

“Ultimately, you’re the client here, you’re the responsible party,” said Fehling. 

“So, the EPA can bless it and say, ‘it meets our regulatory criteria,’ but then I believe the board should also take a look at it and say, ‘OK, we’re blessing it because it meets our moral obligations here too,’” added Fehling. 

The plan should be made available online on the Envirostor website operated by DTSC, according to Tom Cota, by mid-to late-May. At that point, the public is encouraged to make comments before the plan is implemented beginning in June.