Delano residents voice concerns, questions over water and soil contamination

Over 40 people attended a public meeting about Delano's toxic plume, and the efforts to remove it from the community on Thursday, January 10, 2019. KBAK/KBFX)

DELANO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - After years of waiting on environmental testing, studies, and decontamination results, Thursday night was the first time the State Department of Toxic Substance Control had a face-to-face meeting with Delano families worried they're being exposed to toxic chemicals in their neighborhood.

More than 40 people attended the public meeting in downtown Delano, Moms, dads, city council members, and representatives from the local Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment asked representatives from Sacramento about the toxic chemicals that are still in some of their water, soil, and air.

Most of them wanted to know what the government has done so far to remediate the Delano site that's contaminated.

A new Omni Family Health Clinic was built on that site, and residents are worried the new clinic poses health risks to residents.

Annette Salim, a mother of three in Delano, was glad to have the opportunity to ask questions and have her concerns heard, but she wants faster action from the state to clean out the rest of the chemicals in Delano.

"You wonder how many people are affected by it, and what is the solution we can have for it?" Salim said.

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