At a hearing before the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (SDRWQCB) held on Aug. 12, the Board voted 5-2 against granting a permit for Storm Water Runoff at Naval Base San Diego, which would have imposed a toxicity limit which the Navy has contended would be impossible to achieve.
As a part of the ruling, the Board directed the SDRWQCB staff to work with the Navy to develop an achievable standard which would also protect the waters of San Diego Bay.
Had the toxicity standard been implemented as written in the permit, it was estimated that it would have cost the Navy in excess of $300 million in infrastructure costs to collect and store the storm water runoff.
Even if the collection and storage were implemented, it still would not solve the problem as there would not be a way for the Navy to dispose of the runoff as it cannot be pumped to the San Diego sewer system due to its lack of capacity.
SDMAC Executive Director, Larry Blumberg, appeared before the SDRQCB at the August 12th hearing and testified regarding the potential impact to current and future home-porting decisions, and ship repair and maintenance costs that could result were the standard be implemented.