Author Archives: Ingrid Lobet

Ingrid Lobet
Ingrid Lobet is a reporter at inewsource specializing in the environment. To contact her with tips, suggestions or corrections, please email ingridlobet@inewsource.org.
El Cajon homes to be tested, and a new map of a toxic plume

El Cajon homes to be tested, and a new map of a toxic plume

Residents in an El Cajon neighborhood are just finding out their homes have been sitting above a shallow, toxic plume for more than half a century. Even after all this time, no one knows whether trichloroethylene and other chemical vapors have seeped up from tainted groundwater and entered homes through cracks in concrete. There has been no testing. Now that ... Read More »

Toxic plume in El Cajon reaches beneath mobile homes

Toxic plume in El Cajon reaches beneath mobile homes

For years state and county officials have had a map that shows an underground plume of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene that stretches from a former aerospace firm in El Cajon down slope for more than a mile toward the county airport, Gillespie Field. San Diego environment attorney John Fiske calls it one of the largest, most concentrated and shallowest groundwater ... Read More »

If San Diego lost its forest

If San Diego lost its forest

The forests of San Diego County that have shaded 500 generations of local people and provided pine needle bedding, oak woodland and spiritual renewal could disappear. Overly intense fires in quick succession, along with drought, borer insects and climate extremes is laying waste to trees and creating a hostile environment for regrowth. Beloved local places — the Laguna mountains, Cuyamaca ... Read More »

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