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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:

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.


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.

October 4, 2012

Richmond Bay Campus Forum on Research and Science - October 4, 2012, 7:00-8:30PM
Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza
The City of Richmond and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will host a community forum to discuss the Long Range Development Plan for the new Richmond Bay Campus. Come join in a discussion and learn more about site planning and devleopment objectives for the Richmond Bay Campus.

September 6, 2012

Richmond Bay Campus Forum on Research and Science - September 6, 2012, 7:00-8:30PM
Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza
The City of Richmond and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) will host a community forum to discuss the research and science that will be conducted at the new Richmond Bay Campus. Come join in a discussion and hear directly from LBNL and UC Berkeley researchers that will be preparing for the move to Richmond. 

August 31, 2012

Contractors for the City of Richmond will begin final import of clean soil for construction of the Meade Street Bypass project beginning around Wednesday September 5,2012. It is expected that 70 truck loads per day will be brought to the site and that the work will be completed by September 15. The City expects the final paving to be completed and the road to be open around October 15, 2012.

July 26, 2012

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in partnership with UC Berkeley will discuss the proposed LBNL second campus project at a community workshop on Thursday evening July 26, 2012 at the City of Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza. Doors open at 6:30 pm with presentations and discussion from 7:00- 8:30 pm.

July 23, 2012

Two site investigations are being scheduled at the RFS in the upcoming month.

Beginning Friday July 27 and continuing into the next week, environmental consultants for Lawrence Berkeley Natinal Laboratory (LBNL) will complete geotechnical borings at six locations at the RFS and at one location at the 3300 Regatta property. Cone Penetrometer Testing direct push and auger drill rigs will be on site for this work expected to take 3- 4 days.

March 16, 2012

A number of recently completed reports and DTSC comments and approval letters have been posted on the RFS Environmental Website's Technical Documents page (see link on left hand resourcs bar).

March 12, 2012

Updated, current versions of the Working at the RFS health and safety awareness training are available through links on this RFS Environmental Website.

Campus staff, faculty and students with Cal Net access should complete the training through the UCB Learning Center at For instructions, see the About RFS page of this website.

Non-UCB staff, students, tenants, and visitors can take the training from the link on the Training page of this website.

November 22, 2011

In late October and early November environmental consultants for the University completed collecting soil samples for additional site characterization and closure of sixteen geosciences research groundwater monitoring wells no longer needed. The fall 2011 site characterization work involved collection of soil samples using a hand-auger and/or shovels to continue to address previously identified data gaps. Areas sampled included soil in the vicinity of power distribution transformers and the Corporation Yard. Well closure work was completed using a drill rig to destroy well casings.

September 22, 2011

Beginnining September 28, 2011, environmental consultants working for Cherokee Simeon Ventures, the property owners of the neighboring former Zeneca site, will install soil gas monitoring devices at four RFS buildings along the southeast property border with the Zeneca site.

September 2, 2011

The final sampling report for the first phase of groundwater monitoring in the wells installed in Fall 2010 incorporating DTSC comments has been placed on teh Techical Documents page of this website and is available at the following link: August 22, 2011 Final (Revision 1) Phase 1 Groudnwater Sampling Results Technical Memorandum