The Erin Brockovich vs. Nipomo Community Services District “forum” that Ms. Brockovich is proposing (and The Tribune is endorsing, Sept. 4) is a terrible idea. Her “invitees” (the Nipomo CSD, the Santa Maria “water guys,” the Central Coast Water Authority “gang” and the State Division of Drinking Water) are at a distinct disadvantage for one simple reason: They should be constrained to stick to tested science, whereas Ms. Brockovich can continue to push her personal alarmist agenda, regardless of the facts.
Imagining that the opinions of Ms. Brockovich, a “celebrity environmental activist,” and her “water guy” should be on the same stage with the Nipomo services district, whose proposed actions are supported by any number of science-based agencies, is ludicrous.
Her “data” seem to be only supported by her desire for more notoriety. Just because she was right about PG&E pollution in Hinckley, doesn’t mean she is right about everything.
The EPA says that more than 70 million people in the U.S. have been drinking water purified with chloramines for years. The people of Nipomo shouldn’t let the unsupported fearmongering of one person get in the way of a perfectly rational operational improvement by the Nipomo services district.