Malibu Unites Celebrates: DTSC Agrees to Test the Soil

Malibu Unites Celebrates: DTSC Agrees to Test the Soil

Great News!

Malibu Unites Celebrates:
DTSC agrees to test the soil on all three campuses.

It is with great pleasure that Malibu Unites announces a major victory for the Malibu community. This would not have been possible without our community advocates, our strong voice and our continued quest for the truth.
We just received an email from the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) stating that the DTSC will perform comprehensive soil testing on the three campuses. Maria Gillette of the DTSC, emailed to say, “DTSC is proposing to conduct a Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the soil at the entire Malibu HS campus (including the Middle and Elementary Schools). The soil sampling effort will be similar, but more comprehensive than the work ARCADIS conducted in 2010.”  click here to see email
Malibu Unites has shown that together and united we are making a difference. We are extremely thankful to our entire leadership team, our distinguished advisory council as well as all of you, for your support and commitment.
This is a distinct step in the right direction but there is much more work still that needs to be done. Most important, we need to work with the district and the regulatory agencies to ensure that the testing is done properly. We have been advised that independent oversight is critical to ensuring accurate and unbiased results. Our experts are currently working on testing protocols and acceptable detection limits. We need your support to continue our work to ensure the health and safety of our children and teachers.
Please join us at next week’s events:
Tuesday, March 18th from 10:30am-12:30
Malibu United Methodist Church: Coffee With Penny Newman, executive director and founder of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice. Penny has 30 plus years’ of experience with toxic school sites. She will talk with us about:
  • community strategies to ensure our kids are safe
  • next steps to take and why
  • how being united is the key to our success
  • a Q & A with Penny, will follow

Thursday, March 20th from 6:30-7:30
Malibu City Hall: SMMUSD Board Meeting in Malibu. We are asking for 1 hour of your family’s time. Please come by 6:30 so the board can see how important this issue is to our community and that we stand united.

What else can you do to help? We welcome any and all support from you. We need advocates, whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours. This is a grassroots effort. If everyone does a little, a lot can be accomplished. Please send us email to contact us on our webpage.

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Warmest Regards,

Jennifer deNicola
Malibu Unites, President
About Jennifer deNicola
Jennifer has two children at Malibu Middle School, a master’s in education. Jennifer is on the SMMUSD Environmental Task Force and has been advocating for the MHS/JC students and teachers since October 2013. Jennifer was the first to reach out to the EPA and DTSC. She has developed relationships with all the key regulatory agencies. Jennifer along with other concerned parents founded Malibu Unites to bring the community together in service of a common goal: to understand the extent of the contamination and fully remediate so that we may protect our children and those that educate them.
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