News

December 2, 2008

The Final Current Conditions Report for the RFS is now available electronically from this website on the Documents page. This report, required by the Department of Toxic Substances Contol (DTSC) Site Investigation and Remediation Order, provides a comprehensive summary of current conditions at the RFS.

November 21, 2008

Begining December 1, 2008 consultants working on site remediation activities at the former Zeneca site will install approximately 14 soil gas probes around the perimeter of the Lot 1 soil excavation that was completed in August 2008 (see Current Activities for more information).

September 25, 2008

On Wednesday October 1, 2008, contractors for the University will hand excavate approximately four cubic yards of soil in a remote location of the Richmond Field Station near the marsh where ash and debris were found in two areas that appear to have been locations where campfires were once built. The soil in these campfires was previously sampled and found to contain metals and polychlorinated biphenyls in concentrations requiring that they be removed to prevent potential exposure to humans, plants and animals.

September 12, 2008

Between October 2007 and February 2008, environmental consultants for the University implemented an indoor air monitoring program to supplement available data from past studies of RFS offices. The report "Indoor Air Monitoring University of California Richmond Field Station" completed August 22, 2008 by, Tetra Tech EM Inc. is available on the Air Monitoring Data page of this web site.

July 30, 2008

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has released the public comment draft of the Public Health Assessment (PHA) for the former Zeneca/ current Campus Bay site adjacent to the Richmond Field Station. The PHA is a report that presents the evaluation of potential exposure to contaminants at the former Zeneca site.

July 9, 2008

Remediation in the northwestern portion of the Campus Bay (former Zeneca) site (see June 11, 2008 news story below) continues to be temporarily delayed. Work is expected to resume on Friday July 11, 2008 and it expected to be completed during the week of July 14, 2008.

June 26, 2008

Rmediation in the northwestern portion of the Campus Bay (former Zeneca) site (see June 11, 2008 news story below) has been temporarily delayed. Work will resume on Wednesday July 2, 2008 and it expected to be finished on Tuesday July 8, 2008.

June 11, 2008

Remediation is expected begin, pending agency approval, on a 0.15 acre portion of land located within the 17 acre northwestern portion of the former Zeneca Site, known as Lot 1, during the week of June 16, 2008. The area to be excavated is located along S. 46th St. to the east of B478, near the front entrance to the RFS.

May 2, 2008

A new on-line training program entitled “Working at the Richmond Field Station” is now available for viewing. This training is required viewing for all current member of the RFS community, including staff, students, faculty and tenants. The training deadline for all current community members is June 30, 2008. New employees should complete the training during the first week of employment.

April 3, 2008

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)has released the final Public Health Assessment Evaluation of Exposure to Contaminants at the University of California, Berkeley, Richmond Field Station (PHA). This PHA was prepared by the California Department of Public Health (DPH), who released a draft public comment version in August 2007.

February 4, 2008

The breeding sesaon for the endangered California clapper rail (Railus longirostris obsoletus) begins on February 1 and continues until August 31 each year. The clapper rail is a medium-sized bird that inhabits salt marshes of the San Francisco Bay. This once abundant bird has become endangered due to loss of salt marsh habitat, hunting, and predation by feral cats, red foxes and rats. The US Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that there are only around 1,000 clapper rails remaining in the San Francisco Bay.

Beginning February 5, 2008 a contractor will repave a 270-foot stretch of Lark Drive. The repaving is necessary to repair the section of roadway and remove sensors used for the Institute of Transporation Studies Heavy Vehicle Simulator studies no longer being conducted at the RFS. Work will include grinding and removal of the existing roadway and laying hot mix asphalt. No disturbance of soils under the existing asphalt and base rock will occur. Work is expected to be finished by Friday February 8, 2008.

On January 31, 2008, Facilities Management staff spent an hour and a half collecting debris that had washed and blown on to UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station property along the left bank (east side) of Meeker Slough. Most of the debris was light floatable material such as Styrofoam cups, plastic water bottles and tennis balls. The accumulation was more substantial than during most rainy years due to the January 4, 2008 storm with 50 MPH sustained on-shore winds and a large storm surge associated with a high tide. A volume of approximately 30 bags of waste was removed.

January 24, 2008

On January 16, 2008 the RFS Winter 2008 Town Hall meeting was held in the newly renovated B445 conference building. The EH&S powerpoint presentation describing the Remediation and Restoration Project history and current activities is availabe on the Publications page of this website.

January 11, 2008

In October 2007 the Department of Toxic Substances Control issued a letter presenting comments to the April 2, 2007 Draft Current Conditions Report for the Richmond Field Station (see October 25, 2007 news item). UC Berkeley's Draft Response to Comments is available on the Technical Documents page of this website.

Beginning on January 15, 2008 the RFS Facility Team will backfill the excavation pit of the former Forest Products Laboratory Wood Treatment Laboratory. The soil in this area was removed in October 2007 under a Department of Toxic Substances Control Time Critical Removal Action and shipped for off-site disposal. The clean backfill material is currently stored at the RFS between Buildings 149 and 128. DTSC has approved use of this soil for backfill. It is expected that it will take two days to complete the backfill activity. Dust control measures will be implemented during the backfill.

December 5, 2007

The State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has issued the following work notice for site investigation activities at the Zeneca site:

WORK NOTICE FOR FORMER ZENECA/ FORMER STAUFFER CHEMICAL SITE, RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA (December 5, 2007)

November 27, 2007

Beginning Wednesday morning, November 28, 2007, trucks will be loaded with soils currently stored in the stockpile area of the RFS Remediation and Restoration Project (between buildings 112 and 128) for off-site disposal at a State approved landfill. These stockpiled soils originated from the Building 445 renovation and Jay Way repaving projects. The soils have been tested for chemicals of concern and are non-hazardous. Dust control measures will be implemented during loading activities. It is expected that the work will take two days to complete.

November 19, 2007

On July 15, 2007, the state Department of Public Health (DPH) released a draft "Public Health Assessment" (PHA) regarding the University's Richmond Field Station (RFS). The draft PHA evaluates existing RFS environmental data, makes conservative assumptions regarding possible exposures to contaminants found at the site, estimates potential health impacts, and evaluates health concerns raised by some RFS employees.

As part of the ongoing efforts to remove legacy contamination from the Richmond Field Station, a small area of soil in the vicinity of the former Forest Products Laboratory Wood Treatment Laboratory (WTL) was excavated for off-site disposal in early October 2007. Work completed under the Time Critical Removal Action (TCRA) is described in a public notice from the State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control.