The Glendale City Council agreed Tuesday to relinquish to Los Angeles County local control over testing and monitoring of underground hazardous material storage tanks.
The council voted 3 to 0 to rescind a 1983 ordinance that had made the city responsible for overseeing the installation of sophisticated leakage detection systems for the approximately 860 underground tanks in the city.
Council members had voiced reluctance last week to turn the monitoring duties over to the county. But Glendale Fire Chief John Montenero said this week that the county was better equipped to supervise the highly technical and expensive procedure.
Local enforcement of the state provisions would have required the city to hire additional personnel trained in soils and chemical engineering, and administer testing and cleanup operations, Montenero said.