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September 21, 2023

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) issued a work notice for upcoming work at the Zeneca/Former Stauffer Chemical site that will extend into the Richmond Field Station property. 

May 11, 2023

Under the oversight of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), UC environmental consultants will be conducting soil removal at the Site. The work consists of excavation and disposal of PCB-contaminated soil identified during previous soil removal activities south of B120. The excavation area is approximately 20 x 15 feet, or 300-square feet and extends to 1.5 feet in depth. The area are shown on the linked figure.

What Work Will Be Done?

May 1, 2023

Soil Management Plan, Revision 3, Attachment C of the 2014 Removal Action Workplan, and the DTSC comment letter on the draft revision are available now on the Publications page of the website. 


Draft Soil Management Plan, Revision 3

DTSC Comment Letter

February 24, 2023

The Final B112 Transformer Area PCB Cleanup and Removal Action Implementation Summary Report is now available on the Publications Page.

This report presents a summary of the soil removal action completed at the B112 transformer site located west of building 112 at the Richmond Field Station in December 2021, and February and March 2022.

January 20, 2023

The RFS has recieved over 20 inches of rain this rain year. This means the fields are fully saturated, and if you drive any large vehicles on to a field you will likely sink and get stuck.

Please stay off the fields until the RFS has had time to fully dry out, usually around May.

July 25, 2022

The Final 2022 EPA North Meadow PCB Cleanup and Removal Action Implementation Summary Report is now available on the Publications Page.

This report presents a summary of the soil removal action completed at the EPA North Meadow, located at the Richmond Field Station site in October of 2020.

February 16, 2022

The Office of Government & Community Relations shared the following news story in their January 28, 2022 newsletter.

Above and Beyond: Richmond Field Station Meeker Slough Cleanup

November 2, 2021

UC Berkeley EH&S and its consultants will be conducting an environmental investigation within the Western Transition Area (WTA) at the RFS.

October 14, 2020

This is a work notice for upcoming environmental remediation work at the RFS EPA North Meadow beginning on Monday October 19, 2020.

October 2, 2020

The draft Mercury Fulminate Area Removal Action Implementation Summary Report was submitted to DTSC on September 30, 2020 and is now available on the Publications page.

September 17, 2020

On Friday September 18, 2020 drilling contractors working for UC Berkeley will install one monitoring well in the former mercury fulminate area (MFA). This is a replacement well for the one that was abandoned ahead of the January 2020 MFA removal action.  

In addtion the two monitoring wells in the EPA North Meadow will be abandoned in advance of the removal action in that area. Following construction activities in the meadow, the wells will be reinstalled. 

No traffic disruptions are expected due to this work. 

July 2, 2020

Environmental consultants for the Zeneca/Former Stauffer Chemical Site at Campus Bay will begin implementation of the Pre-Design Investigation Work Plan starting the week of July 6, 2020.

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

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

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

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!