News

September 1, 2015

This is an update to last Friday's email (see 8/28/15 news item below) regarding the schedule of September activities. The reported Department of Homeland Security fly-over of the RFS will take place tomorrow afternoon Wednesday September 2, 2015. The helicopter will do a fly-over of the Berkeley campus in the morning and then travel to the RFS in the afternoon.

August 28, 2015

To BGC (RFS) Community,

Welcome back to the school year. September will be a busy month at the BGC (RFS) and this email is being sent to inform you about planned or expected activities at or around the RFS. Included as an attachment to the email is a Department of Toxic Substances Control Work Notice regarding upcoming field environmental investigation activities being conducted under the DTSC site investigation Order.

August 19, 2015

The State of California Department of Toxic Substances Controls has issued a Work Notice for upcoming work at the Berkeley Global Campus Richmond Field Station property beginning in September 2015. The following work will take place:

Final Plans and Specifications for the removal action planned for the Corporation Yard have been submitted to DTSC and incorporate DTSC and State Fire Marshal comments.

January 26, 2015

Drilling contractors working for UC Berkeley will install four monitoring wells along the edge of Western Stege Marsh beginning January 28, 2015. Well development and follow-up sampling will be completed in approximately a week.

December 4, 2014

BGC Operations and Facilities Management staff will commence digging two ~100 meter long shallow trenches to the west of the NRLF starting approximately Tuesday December 9, 2014. The trenches are being excavated for placement of burying fiber optic cable as part of the LBNL Fiber Optic Distributed Acoustic Sensor project. Once cables have been placed in the trenches they will be backfilled with the excavated soil. The campus Office of Environment, Health & Safety has sampled soils in the area.

October 27, 2014

On Wednesday October 29, 2014 environmental consultants for the University will use excavation equipment to determine the source of metal leading to a magnetic anomaly found during a magnetometer survey by the Department of Toxic Substances Control. Work is expected to be completed the same day. For more information, see the DTSC Work Notice.

October 10, 2014

The fourth phase of field activities at the RFS Site will commence in mid- to late- October 2014. Sampling activities include soil sampling in the coastal terrace prairie, installation of passive soil vapor monitors in the field to the east of B280 to investigation carbon tetrachloride in groundwater, installation of four groundwater monitoring wells along the edge of Western Stege Marsh, and exploratory excavation in the Bulb to determine the source of a magnetic anomaly. These activities are expected to begin the week of October 20 and take two to three weeks to complete.

September 30, 2014

The Department of Toxic Substances Control has issued Work Notices for the September 30, 2014 Magnetometer Survey in the Bulb at the Former RFS and for Field Sampling Activities at the RFS and Zeneca.

Work plans for these activities are expected to be available the second and third weeks of October and will be posted when final.

July 21, 2014

April 28, 2014

The following email message regarding the RBC EIR was sent today from Armando Viramontes, Government & Community Relations Representative, Public Affairs, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The message contains the link to the document.

January 7, 2014

In November 2013 the University published two draft public comment planning documents for the proposed Richmond Bay Campus, the draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) and the draft Removal Action Workplan (Draft RAW).

In response to community requests, the deadlines for public comment on these documents has been extended to the following dates:

December 5, 2013

On December 5, 2013, a public meeting on the Draft Removal Action Workplan for the Prooposed Richmond Bay Campus was held in RFS B445 from 6:30- 8:30 PM. Comments from the public at this meeting will be responded to along with written comments. For more information on the public meeting, see the DTSC Public Notice and the powerpoint presentation at the meeting:

Powerpoint Presentation

December 2, 2013

The California Department of Substances Control has issued this Work Notice for cap maintenance at the neighboring Zeneca site currently scheduled for December 9- 11, 2013.

November 26, 2013

The University of California is pleased to announce the completion of draft environmental review documents for the proposed Richmond Bay Campus (RBC) to be sited at the Richmond Field Station (RFS) and adjacent Regatta Property. The Draft Removal Action Workplan (RAW) published today evaluates cleanup alternatives to remaining legacy pollution at the RFS. The draft Long Range Development Plan Environmental Impact Report (Draft RBC LDP EIR) analyzes the potential environmental effects related to development and operations at the RBC under the California Environmental Quality Act.

November 15, 2013

The following notice on the availability of the draft Environmental Impact report for the proposed Richmond Bay
Campus, including portions of the Richmond Field Station provides the link to the EIR documents. Note the Public Hearing for the EIR will be held on December 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Ciy of Richmond Council Chambers.

Please visit this website in the next week for futher updates on public meetings, including a DTSC Public Meeting for the draft Removal Action Workplan.

Hello,

October 31, 2013

The lastest report on groundwater sampling for chemical analyses at the RFS and the DTSC Approval Letter are now available on the Publications page of this website.

September 13, 2013

A number of activities are occuring at properties in the RFS neighborhood in the upcoming month that are not UC Berkeley activities and will not impact campus property, but will lead to increased traffic at the Meade Street entrance to the RFS and at the Bay View intersections. Please be careful when entering and exiting the field station and traveling to and from the RFS.

1) East Stege Marsh sampling starts week of September 16, 2013.

June 17, 2013

On May 28, 2013 the Final Site Characterization Report (SCR) for the RFS was submitted to DTSC. The final report included edits requested by DTSC in their May 2, 2013 approval of the draft SCR submitted January 10, 2013.

January 8, 2013

The Final Phase I November 2010 through April 2012 Groundwater Sampling Results Technical Memorandum is now available on the Publications page of this website. The report presents a summary of the data collected during the four rounds of site-wide groundwater sampling at the RFS.