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Still No Repairs Planned By CDCR As Contaminants Continue To Spill At Mule Creek State Prison
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has reported a spill from Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) into Mule Creek occurring on Friday, January 22nd and ending on Wednesday, February 3rd.
According to the Governor’s Office Emergency Services Hazardous Materials Spill Reports, an estimated 11,126,134 gallons of stormwater, mixed with Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Semi Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs), surfactants, oil, grease, metals, inorganic, and nutrients of varying concentrations was released into Mule Creek. These waste-type constituents are at levels that would be expected in wastewater, sewage, and/or gray water containing coliform, fecal coliform, and E. Coli, and were released into Mule Creek when CDCR opened their slide gates.
Since May 25th, 2018, the date when the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) ordered CDCR not to open their slide gates as the stormwater is contaminated, MCSP has spilled an estimated 91,902,338 gallons into Mule Creek. CDCR continues to open its slide gates any time there is .25 inches of rain in less than an hour, in defiance of the RWQCB order.
In all that time, neither the RWQCB nor CDCR have issued a schedule for repairs to end the contamination. In fact, CDCR hasn’t even been issued a fine for known violations occurring during the time period.