News

February 3, 2020

The annual groundwater monitoring report, Final 2019 Groundwater Sampling Results Technical Memorandum, along with the DTSC approval letter are available on the Publications page.

January 2, 2020

The Draft Removal Action Workplan Research, Education, and Supporat Area and Groundwater Five-Year Review is now available for viewing. The purpose of a Five-Year Review is to evaluate the implementation and performance of a remedy to determine if the remedy is, and will continue to be protective of human health and the environment. 

This is a work notice for upcoming environmental remediation work at the RFS Mercury Fulminate Area (MFA) beginning on Tuesday January 7, 2020. 

December 10, 2019

As a follow-up to the removal action conducted at the Corproation Yard in the fall of 2017, additional data gap soil samples were collected within the near surface of the entire Corporation Yard, Building 185, and north of Building 197. The following letter presents PCB sampling results collected from near surface sediments in the Corporation Yard in August 2019.

November 22, 2019 Corproation Yard Data Gap Sampling Results

November 1, 2019

A draft Feasibility Study and Removal Action Plan (FS/RAP) to address remediation planned in Lot 1, Lot 2, and Upland Portion of Lot 3 (currently scheduled for implementation in 2019 and 2020) was published on July 8, 2018. The public comment period for the Lot 1, Lot 2, and Upland portion of Lot 3 was extended to September 10, 2018. A Public Meeting was held at the Richmond Field Station on July 26th, 2018.

October 29, 2019

Beginning Wednesday November 6th, UC Berkeley will implement the Western Transition Area and Bulb investigations as part of the 2017 Phase V Field Sampling Plan.

October 9, 2019

At this time power will not be impacted by PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff. (10:25am, 10/9/19)

September 20, 2019

The Richmond Field Station Environmental Website was migrated to a new platform and is live today! Please explore the new site - while things may have been rearranged, we have worked hard to preserve all of the content and documents from the original website.

We still have some work to do. There were over 600 documents to migrate from the old site to the new. About half of these have been added to the new website, and we will be working over the next several weeks to add the remaining documents. 

This weekend is the California Coastal Cleanup Day. Ahead of the weekend cleanup, RFS Facilities and EH&S staff held an internal Western Stege Marsh cleanup. This year staff recovered 10 bags of trash from the marsh edge. Some of the items recovered included a red ice chest, and old boombox, and several soccer balls.

Thank you to everyone who made this year's cleanup a success!

September 16, 2019

On September 12, 2019, the RFS Fall Town Hall meeting was held in the B445 Conference room. The EH&S presentation is available for viewing for those who did not make it. An archive of current and past activities is available for review on the Publications page. Recent technical reports and forms are provided for public viewing in the lobby of B478.

September 6, 2019

Beginning the week of September 30th Arcadis will resume final remediation construction activities for the Campus Bay Habitat Area 2 (HA-2) remediation project. Work in HA-2 started in September 2018, and concluded in January 2019. Due to the presence of the Ridgway's rail, construction within a 500 ft buffer of the marsh not allowed during the Ridgway's Rail breeding season, which is defined by February 1 to August 31. 

Work is expected to resume the week of September 30th and will include: 

August 30, 2019

The DTSC issued a public notice announcing the five-year review of the July 2014 Final Removal Action Workplan for the Research, Education, and Support Areas of the Richmond Field Station.

The purpose of the review is to determine if the current remedy continues to be protective of human health and the environment.

August 2, 2019

The draft technical report presenting a summary of the data collected during the Richmond Field Station water level sampling events in August 2018 and April 2019, and groundwater sampling event in April 2019 is available on the Publications page of this website.

May 10, 2019

Construction of the Northern Regional Libray Facility (NRLF) Phase 4 kicked off in May 2019. Construction is expected to last until August 2020.

Soil Management Plan forms and sampling results for the construction project are being added as they are made available to the SMP Form section of this website. 

May 6, 2019

This is a work notice for upcoming remediation work at the RFS Mercury Fulminate Area. 

October 15, 2018

The final technical report presenting sampling results collected from sediments and pore water in Western Stege Marsh in Janaury 2017 along with the DTSC approval letter is available on the Publications page of this website.

September 6, 2018

A TSCA PCB risk-based disposal approval for the EPA North Meadow soil pile excavation areas was submitted to EPA on August 15, 2018, with additional certification language submitted on August 29, 2018. EPA sent an approval letter on September 6, 2018. The removal action is planned for winter 2018-19.

March 15, 2018

The annual groundwater monitoring report, Final 2017 Groundwater Sampling Results Technical Memorandum, along with the DTSC approval letter for the Response to Comments on the draft report are available on the

November 27, 2017

Drillers and geotechnical consultants working for UC Berkeley will complete two geotechnical borings at the southwest side of the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) beginning on Monday November 27, 2017. The borings are being completed to collect data on subsurface geology for structural design of a planned NRLF expansion, known as Phase 4, in this location. Work is expected to take two to three days to complete borings to a depth of approximately 80 feet below the surface.

This is a follow-up on the work notice for upcoming remediation work at the RFS Corporation Yard that was completed between October 10 and November 1, 2017.