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Aguirre Sets Sights on the Q’s Toxic Plume

Just in time for the opening of the Chargers’ football season, the city of San Diego is going after the source of a longstanding underground plume of pollutants spreading beneath city-owned Qualcomm Stadium.

On Aug. 14, City Attorney Michael Aguirre filed a lawsuit against Kinder Morgan Energy Partners and several other businesses and individuals alleged to have “discharged massive amounts of refined petroleum and related products into the soil and groundwater, have allowed the contamination to pollute sources of drinking water, and have inexcusably delayed taking effective actions when called upon to timely clean up their toxic releases,” according to a press release from Aguirre’s office.

Identified many years ago as leaking from the petroleum distribution center just north of the stadium, the plume has been growing each year, and now prevents substantial amounts of drinking water from being available, said Don McGrath, executive assistant city attorney.

Aguirre said he retained the law firm of Tatro Tekosky Sadwick LLP to serve as co-counsel on the case. He said the City Council was notified of the case in a previous closed session.

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The council and Aguirre have been at odds over Aguirre’s ability to file lawsuits without their permission.

, Mike Allen

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