Roosevelt Irrigation District Announces Pilot Treatment System to Begin Cleanup of Polluted West Valley Groundwater

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (September 30, 2011) -- Officials at the Roosevelt Irrigation District (RID) announced their intent to implement a groundwater cleanup Pilot Treatment System for the West Van Buren Area (WVBA) groundwater plume. Bordered by McDowell Road on the North and Buckeye Road on the South and stretching from 7th Avenue to beyond 79th Avenue, the WVBA Site is associated with one of the largest plumes of contaminated groundwater in the United States. At least 20 RID wells located in the area have been impacted by the contamination and more than 10 additional RID wells are threatened by the contamination.

The Pilot System -- referenced in project documents as the "RID-95 Wellhead Pilot Treatment System" -- is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of methods that RID has proposed in order to remove a variety of pollutants from the WVBA plume.

After review of RID’s proposed Pilot Treatment System by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), RID contracted with Spinnaker Holdings, LLC of Denison, Texas, to design, build and operate the facilities necessary to implement the Pilot Treatment System.

"The West Valley has been threatened by this groundwater contamination for decades", said RID Superintendent Donovan Neese. "We look forward to working with Spinnaker Holdings to begin to set the situation right," he continued.


RID Response Action Featured in Presentation to Arizona Hydrological Society Symposium

September 19, 2013--At the Arizona Hydrological Society’s 2013 Symposium in Tucson, Synergy Environmental’s Dennis Shirley, Joel Peterson and Andrew MacHugh presented an overview of the Roosevelt Irrigation District Response Action, addressing Central Phoenix groundwater contamination.

More background information can be found in the presentation abstract.
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ADEQ Approves RID Feasability Study Work Plan

July, 2013--The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) sent Roosevelt Irrigation District (RID) officials a letter approving RID's Feasability Study Work Plan
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Gallagher & Kennedy Withdraws as Lawsuit Counsel; Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman and Balint to be Substitute Counsel

PHOENIX, ARIZONA (June 4, 2013)—Officials at the Roosevelt Irrigation District (RID) today confirmed that the federal district court has granted an Application for Substitution of Counsel with Client Consent, filed by the law firms of Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman and Balint, P.C. (BFFB) and Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A. (G&K).

By granting this application, the Court allows G&K to withdraw completely as counsel for this lawsuit; to be replaced by BFFB. “This action simplifies some of the legal issues surrounding the litigation,” explained Roosevelt Irrigation District Superintendent Donovan Neese. “Now, we will be able to bring more focus to the key issues,” he said.

Roosevelt Irrigation District vs Salt River Project is a civil action brought against a number of Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs), identified as possible contributors to groundwater pollution in South Phoenix. A suit was filed under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980; more commonly referenced as Superfund. The suit seeks recovery of costs incurred by RID in responding to the Defendants' release or threatened release of hazardous substances that impact, or threaten to impact, wells owned and operated by RID. The suit also includes other claims under state law for environmental nuisance and trespass. “Gallagher & Kennedy will continue to assist RID as we move forward with our efforts to protect and restore RID’s wells and water supply,” said Neese.

The Roosevelt Irrigation District has been serving customers in the West Metropolitan Phoenix area, since 1928. The District uses 50 miles of main canals and 185 miles of lateral canals to deliver water to the West Valley for beneficial use. As part of its efforts to promote responsible groundwater stewardship, RID is leading a cooperative effort called the West Valley Groundwater Cleanup Coalition

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30 Day Public Comment Period: Feasibility Study Work Plan For the West Van Buren (WQARF) Registry Site

April 5, 2013 — NOTICE OF 30 DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON REQUEST OF APPROVAL OF FEASIBILITY STUDY WORK PLAN FOR THE WEST VAN BUREN WATER QUALITY ASSURANCE REVOLVING FUND (WQARF) REGISTRY SITE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Roosevelt Irrigation District (RID), a political subdivision of the State of Arizona, has submitted and seeks approval of a draft final Feasibility Study Work Plan for the West Van Buren WQARF Site pursuant to A.A.C. R18-16-407 and 413. RID will conduct the Feasibility Study pursuant to a Working Agreement with ADEQ. A draft Feasibility Study Work Plan defines the work that will be conducted by RID to identify a remedy and alternative remedies that appear to be capable of achieving the established remedial objectives.

The West Van Buren WQARF Site is located in Phoenix and is bounded approximately by W. McDowell Road to the north, 7th Avenue to the east, W. Buckeye Road to the south and 75th Avenue to the west. In addition, a finger shaped plume exists between 7th Avenue and 27th Avenue between Buckeye Road and Lower Buckeye Road.

A copy of the Feasibility Study Work Plan is available for review at the Harmon Public Library, 1325 S. 5th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003. A copy is also available on the ADEQ web site, http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/waste/sps/wvb.html or at ADEQ Records Center, 1110 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007. In Phoenix, please call (602) 771-4380 or email recordscenter@azdeq.gov 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment to review the document. For further information on the West Van Buren WQARF site, please visit: http://azdeq.gov/environ/waste/sps/siteinfo.html.

PARTIES WISHING TO MAKE COMMENTS regarding the request of approval may make such comments in writing to ADEQ, Attention: Tina Le Page, Waste Programs Division, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, 1110 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Additionally, ADEQ will hold a Community Advisory Board meeting on April 15, 2013, starting at 6:00 pm, at ADEQ’s office located at 1110 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007, at which time written comments may also submitted. Comments must be postmarked no later than 5:00 pm on May 6, 2013.

Questions regarding this notice should be directed to Wendy Flood, (602) 771-4410 or via e-mail at flood.wendy@azdeq.gov.

Dated this 5 of April 2013

ADEQ APPROVES MODIFIED ERA WORK PLAN

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) sent Roosevelt Irrigation District (RID) officials a letter providing conditional approval of RID’s Modified Early Response Action Work Plan
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Briefing recap and downloadable presentation

On December 6, 2012, Roosevelt Irrigation District (RID) representatives gave a technical briefing to the West Van Buren WQARF Site Community Advisory Board (CAB). The briefing provided a summary of Early Response Action (ERA) activities; and review of project accomplishments; an overview of the Modified ERA Work Plan and a brief discussion regarding the Draft Feasibility Study Work Plan. Download the presentation (12.7 MB)

Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of RID

In World Resources Company v ROOSEVELT IRRIGATION DISTRICT, the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of World Resources’ claim. See more.

EPA Releases Final Health Assessment for TCE

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the final health assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE) to the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database. IRIS is a human health assessment program that evaluates the latest science on chemicals in our environment.

The final assessment characterizes the chemical as carcinogenic to humans and as a human noncancer health hazard. This assessment will also allow for a better understanding of the risks posed to communities from exposure to TCE in soil, water and air. It will provide federal, state, local and other policy makers with the latest scientific information to make decisions about cleanup and other actions to protect people's health.

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