News

March 19, 2010

The subsurface borings in the B478 as reported below (see March 15, 2010 news item) have been rescheduled to April 13 and 14, 2010.

March 15, 2010

Beginning this week, contractors working for Campus Bay will begin grading an existing stockpile of non-hazardous soil to level an area to prevent ponding on the Campus Bay site. This work is expected to be completed by the end of this week.

Environmental consultants working for CSV at Campus Bay will complete four additional groundwater borings on the Richmond Field Station near B478 as part of the treatibility study being completed at Campus Bay. This work is described in a Workplan approved by the State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

January 22, 2010

A series of five vigorous El Nino fueled storms beginning January 17, 2010 delivered over seven inches of rain and strong winds to the RFS. The seasonal rainfall total for 2009-10 almost doubled to 15.26 inches (as of 3:30 PM Thursday January 21, 2010, EH&S rain gauge).

Contractors for Campus Bay completed the planned removal of the Lot 2 soil pile in December during the curtailment/ furlough period. Yet to be completed is the on-site grading of non-hazardous soil piles remaining at the site. It is anticipated that this work will be completed During the week of February 1, 2010 at the earliest and will be dependent on weather conditions.

December 22, 2009

Contractors for Campus Bay are currently mobilizing to begin removal of a stockple of soil that will be disposed of as hazardous waste at a State approved off-site disposal facility. Approximately 20 to 40 truckloads of soil are expected to be removed on Wednesday December 23, 2009. More soil will be hauled off site during the week of December 28, 2009. A total of approximately 80 truckloads will be removed. Following disposal of this stockpile, additional non-hazardous stockpiled soil will be graded on-site to level an area to prevent ponding.

December 9, 2009

Environmental consultants working for CSV at Campus Bay have completed groundwater injections on the Richmond Field Station along the fence line east and south of B478 as part of the treatibility study being completed at Campus Bay. The work included injection of an environmentally safe compound that promotes activity of soil bacteria to enhance natural degradation of solvents in soil and ground water. With injections complete the wells will be monitored periodically for up to a year with the first monitoring to be completed in January 2010.

December 2, 2009

Beginning Wednesday December 2, 2009, environmental consultants working for CSV at Campus Bay will begin work on the Richmond Field Station along the fence line east and south of B478. As has been occurring for about two weeks at the former Zeneca site and along South 46th St., workers will complete injection of an environmentally safe compound that promotes activity of soil bacteria to enhance natural degradation of solvents in soil and ground water. Work on the RFS property will take about three days to complete and is expected to be finished by the end of the week (December 5, 2009).

November 13, 2009

As described in the September 22, 2009 news story a pilot treatibility study designed to degrade residual solvents in the soil and groundwater is being completed near the RFS front gate enterance. Workers at the trucks seen at the former Zeneca site this week began injection of an environmentally safe compound that promotes activity of soil bacteria to enhance natrual degradation of solvents in soil and ground water. The injection work will continue for the next two weeks.

October 21, 2009

On October 13, 2009, the largest October storm to hit Northern California since the infamous Columbus Day Storm of 1962, walloped the Bay Area with heavy winds and record rainfall. At the RFS, a storm total of 4.2 inches of rain was collected in the EH&S rain gauge.

September 22, 2009

The California clapper rail (Rallus longirotris obsoletus), the federally listed endangered bird species that resides in Western Stege Marsh at the Richmond Field Station, has been captured on video again in recent weeks. What's more, a rare video of two fledged chicks from a late season clutch was filmed on September 17, 2009, has provided photographic demonstration of breeding success in Western Stege Marsh for the second year in a row. To see the videos, go to the Restoration page of this website.

Two projects involving soil borings at the RFS will occur in the next two weeks as described below. All work will be completed with EH&S oversight.

1. Two geotechnical borings for the Hydrogen Fueling Station project will be completed on Thursday September 24, 2009. The borings will be located in the area of the former Helipad to the south of building B420 (Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research center). Soil from the borings will be placed in drums and sampled for waste characterization. The work will take no longer than one day.

July 21, 2009

On Thursday July 23, 2009, consultants working for the City of Richmond Community Redevelopmnet Agnecy will complete borings to collect soil samples as part of a pre-construction soils condition evaluation for the temporary Meade Street by-pass roadway project. A drill rig will be used to collect the soil samples to a depth of ten feet below ground surface in six locations. All locations are located out side of the RFS fenceline to the north and west of RFS buildings 451-454.

June 24, 2009

Beginning Monday June 29, 2009, consultants at the former Zeneca site will begin installing 17 soil gas wells for continued investigation of the Lot 3 area of the site. See the DTSC Work Notice for more information.

June 10, 2009

The University of California, Berkeley, has entered into a settlement agreement that resolves a legal issue regarding an environmental cleanup project, and provides more than $140,000 in funding to a nationally-recognized “green collar” job training program in Richmond, campus officials announced today June 9, 2009.

June 5, 2009

The California Clapper Rail (Railus longirostris obsoletus) is a federally endangered species known to reside in Western Stege Marsh at the Richmond Field Station and in surrounding marshes. The US Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that there are less than one thousand of these birds remaining in California. The once abundant populations have diminished due to hunting, habitat loss, and predation from non-native species such as the red fox and domestic house cat..

April 3, 2009

Following 2004 excavation of contaminated sediments in Western Stege Marsh at the RFS, the campus initiated a marsh restoraiton program designed to restore the marsh as habitat for the endangered California clapper rail and associated flora and fauna.

February 27, 2009

On February 27, 2009, a draft Field Sampling Workplan (FSW) for continued investigations was submitted (see cover letter) to the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The FSW is intended to address the general, facility-wid strategy and protocols for field investigations to investigate data gaps identified in the Final Current Condtions Report (November 28, 2008). The FSW includes two appendicies: the Quality Assurance Project Plan (Appendix A) and the Health and Safety Plan (Appendix B).

Links to above documents:

February 18, 2009

All current and new members of the RFS community, including staff, students, faculty and tenants have been required to complete the “Working at the Richmond Field Station” powerpoint training program. New employees should complete the training during the first week of employment.