City councilmembers decided this Tuesday to keep the city's environmental counsel and the legal counsel at work on the Qualcomm stadium underground clean up through 2015.
Service was to last until the end of 2014.
The counsels' work representing the city's interests on the clean up will help the city avoid troubles with the regional Water Board and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Efforts to remedy the contamination in the ground and water underneth the stadium, and the Mission Valley aquifer, caused by the release of petroleum products from the Mission Valley terminal, will not have to restart as long as the water board finds the city has not ignored its regulations after its recent decision to enforce a clean up action.
A judgment that brings an end to the litigation in the circuit court is sought by the city. Legal counsel protects the city's interest in having the leeway to do the clean up on its land already decided.
The additional services were approved by the Public Utilities Department and the City Attorney's office.
This is a Center Line Policy Alert.