La Jolla group to attend meeting to discuss water board’s tentative ruling on fireworks
By Dave Schwab
With a tentative order making fireworks displays over water a more difficult and expensive proposition, pro-fireworks groups, including one from La Jolla, have called a meeting to discuss strategy at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.
The meeting will be at Copley Symphony Hall in the Revelle Room at 1245 Seventh Ave.
A tentative order from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, pertaining to “general waste discharge requirements for the public display of fireworks in San Diego,” will require any organization that sponsors, discharges or participates in fireworks displays over water to submit a notice of intent and pay an application fee. It also requires that they participate in and/or execute a monitoring and reporting program outlining and implementing best management practices.
The Oct. 6 meeting will include “all the pro-fireworks people and people who are in the pyrotechnics business,” said Deborah Marengo, a member of La Jolla Community Fireworks, a nonprofit group that raises funds to stage the Fourth of July fireworks display at La Jolla Cove. “The purpose of the meeting is to talk about what our response is going to be to this tentative ruling.”
The Water Quality Control Board (WQCB) will vote on the tentative court order requiring more stringent fireworks regulations on Nov. 10 at a public hearing at 9 a.m. at the WQCB meeting room, 9174 Sky Park Court in San Diego.
A copy of the court order can be found online at www.waterboards.ca.gov/sandiego/board decisions/tenative orders/index.shtml.
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