News

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

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. 

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.

October 3, 2017

This is a work notice for upcoming environmental remediation work at the RFS Corporation Yard beginning on Tuesday October 10, 2017. 

July 31, 2017

The draft technical report presenting sampling results collected from sediments in Western Stege Marsh in January 2017 is available on the Publications page

May 24, 2017

Environmental consultants for the neighboring Campus Bay site installed a vapor pin in Richmond Field Station B478 in 2016 in order to sample soil vapor under the building. The sampling was required by the Department of Toxic Substances Control to determine if soil vapor under the building was impacted by increasing concentrations of vinyl chloride found in samples of groundwater from piezometer PZ-12 near the south end of B478. A soil gas sample collected through the vapor pin on January 31, 2017 found no detectable target volatile hydrocarbons.

May 19, 2017

Weed abatement at the neighboring Campus Bay (former Zeneca) site will be completed on the capped Lot 3 portion of the property through the end of May. See the DTSC Work Notice for more information.

April 18, 2017

Soil Management Plan Revision 1, Attachment C of the 2014 Removal Action Workplan, is available now on the Publications page of the website.

April 13, 2017

The next RFS Town Hall meeting is scheduled for 1:00-2:30 pm on Thursday April 13, 2017 in conference buidling B445.

See attached agenda.

March 29, 2017

Golden Gate Audubon Society has launed the Bay Area's first live Osprey nest cam!  Two high definition cameras allow for close up views of the Osprey pair ("Rosie" and "Richmond") and they incubate eggs and raise their young on top of a World War II crane in the Richmond inner harbor. Osprey's are often seen fishing in the Stege Marsh area or perching on poles at the Richmond Field Station and the individuals may be these birds or some of the others that have moved into the Richmond area.

March 27, 2017

March 27-31, 2017 is Tsunami Preparedness Week in California. Strange as it may seem, the Richmond Field Station marsh edge is a tsunami zone. While a significant tsunami is not as likely to happen along the Bay Trail at the RFS as it might be on coastal beaches, it is a possibility and therefore we are asking you to take some time to be aware of tsunami preparedness resources and to plan ahead in the event of a large earthquake.

March 19, 2017

Sampling results for Western Stege Marsh Near-Surface Sediment Samples January 18, 2017, Sampling Event, available. Annual marsh monitoring conducted as part of RFS public health assessments have been completed since 2005. This report provides a description of this year's sampling completed January 18, 2017.

January 11, 2017

May 23, 2016

The final report for field sampling activities conducted in Fall 2014 is available on the Technical Documents page of this website, including the report without appendices, full report with appendices, and DTSC review lett

April 1, 2016

Environmental consultants for both the University and for the neighboring Campus Bay property owners will commence annual site-wide Spring-time groundwater monitoring on both properties beginning Monday April 4, 2016. Work will take approximately a week and a half to complete.

March 22, 2016

2011 Tsunami at Emeryville

March 20- 26, 2016 is Tsunami Preparedness Week in California, coordinated by the National Weather Service, NOAA, USGS, Cal OES and other state and federal agencies.

January 11, 2016

The technical memorandum for evaluation of four metals which occur naturally in BGC/RFS soils at concentrations greater than site-specific screening levels has been finalized and approved by DTSC. Copies of the report and DTSC approval letter can be found on the Technical Documents Page of this site, dated December 11, 2015.

November 2, 2015

The Final 2015 Groundwater Monitoring Technical Report for the RFS Site is now available on the Technical Documents Page. This report provides a description of water level measurements and chemical analyses reported for the fiscal year 2014-15 sampling which was the seventh round of groundwater sampling completing since started in 2010.

October 13, 2015

The East Bay Regional Park District will close the Bay Trail on Tuesday October 27, 2015 for repairs to the asphalt. The Connecter Trail through Gate 4 will also be posted with the closure. Bicycle and walking access to the RFS will require entry off Meade Street that day.

See the attached flyer from EBRPD for more information.