From The Palm Springs Desert Sun (Janet Wilson):
Imperial County is seeking to declare a public health emergency at the Salton Sea, The Desert Sun has learned, aiming to force Gov. Gavin Newsom and federal officials to free up emergency funds and take immediate action to tamp down dangerous dust.
County supervisors will vote Tuesday on an urgent action item to proclaim a local air pollution emergency due to airpollution at the state’s largest lake, which is rapidly shrinking and exposing shoreline that is potentially loaded with contaminants from decades of agricultural runoff and military testing.
The county air pollution control board is “aware of harmful dust and pollution at the Salton Sea that is harming Imperial County citizens,” according to agenda materials. “This is a peril to human life and a crisis beyond the control of the local County of Imperial.”
County Supervisor Ryan Kelley, who chairs the board, said he proposed the drastic action and it had the full support of fellow supervisors in public discussion two weeks ago.