News

October 25, 2007

The State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control has issued a letter presenting comments on the April 5, 2007 Draft Current Conditions Report (CCR) for the Richmond Field Station. The October 18, 2007 letter is available on the Publications page.

October 4, 2007

Excavation of soils at former Forest Products Laboratory Wood Treatment Laboratory (WTL), performed under a clean-up plan approved by the State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control (see September 20, 2007 new story), was completed on October 4, 2007. Samples will be taken to determine if any additional excavation is needed. If no additional digging is needed, the excavation will be backfilled with clean soil.

September 20, 2007

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) will be excavated for off-site disposal beginning on October 1, 2007. A public notice from the State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the regulatory agency that has approved this action. This notice describes the work that will occur in this area.

September 10, 2007

On September 5, 2007, the State of California Department of Public Health convened a meeting at the Richmond Field Station to present the findings of and answer questions about the draft Public Health Assessment of the Richmond Field Station (see August 17, 2007 news item). The following is a message from Mark Freiberg , the Director of the campus Office of Environment, Health & Safety, to the RFS Community regarding the meeting.

August 17, 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.

July 16, 2007

At the July 12, 2007 Richmond Southeast Shoreline Area Community Advisory Group meeting the University presented a letter regarding the June 29, 2007 Summary of Violations letter issued by the Department of Toxics Substances Control (see July 3, 2007 news item).

July 3, 2007

In a letter dated June 29, 2007, the University of California, Berkeley, was notified by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), a branch of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA), of allegations that it acted improperly by performing remediation work at its Richmond Field Station without hazardous waste permits or authorization from the DTSC.

June 18, 2007

May 5, 2007

The Richmond Southeast Shoreline Area Community Advisory Group (CAG) meets the second Thursday of each month from , 6:30- 9:00 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at the Richmond Convention Center Bermuda Room (address below). The California Department of Toxics Substances Control has scheduled the 2007 meetings of the Community Advisory Group for the following dates:

May 10, 2007- Closed to the public.

April 5, 2007

The Draft Current Conditions Report (CCR) for the Richmond Field Station is now available. 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 17, 2006

The new Site Investigation and Remediation Order recently issued by the Department of Toxic Substances Control requires that the University post signs stating "Caution Hazardous Substances Area Unauthorized Persons Keep Out" in areas where future remediation is going to occur. These signs have been posted in the area of the former mercury fulminate plant (also called Area of Concern 7) that was located to the west of Building 102 at the south end of the RFS site. Additional signs may be placed in other locations in the future.

November 1, 2006

Zeneca, through its environmental consultant LFR, completed groundwater along the property boundary between the former Zeneca site and the RFS during the week of October 9 (see October 5, 2006 news).

October 9, 2006

The Watershed Project, a non-profit eductional organization and partner with UC Berkeley on marsh and grassland restoration at the RFS is holding its second annual open house on Sunday Octoer 15, 2006, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM. The Celebration by the Bay includes guided tours of the nursery and demonstration garden and of the marsh restoration project as well as many other events for children adults. For more information and the schedule of activities see: http://thewatershedproject.org/events/.

On Thursday October 12, 2006 and Friday October 13, 2006, The Watershed Project (TWP) will be working in the upland along the edge of Western Stege Marsh at the RFS to condition soil for planting in the upcoming rainy season. Activities will include removing weed block fabric, spreading rice straw and rototiling to mix the straw into the soil and reduce rutting. The area will then be watered to promote weed sprouting. After the intial flush of weeds is removed, the area will be planted with native coastal scrub and prairie plants being grown in the TWP nursery at the RFS.

October 5, 2006

Zeneca, through its environmental consultant LFR, plans to sample groundwater along the property boundary between the former Zeneca site and the RFS during the week of October 9. The work is being done according to a Field Sampling Activities Plan and Revision Letter Zeneca has submitted to the Department of Toxics Substances Control.

Beginning October 6, 2006, grading work will be taking place in clean soils in a small portion of Eastern Stege Marsh on the Zeneca Site. The grading is necessary to smooth ruts and to lower marsh elevations to target levels designed to create additional wildlife habitat as required by the permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers and by the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Work will occur at the southwestern corner of the Zeneca site, whcih is next to the RFS connector trail at the intersection of the Bay Trail.

September 18, 2006

On September 15, 2006 the California Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) issued two new Site Investigation and Remediation Orders: one applying to the University of California, Richmond Field Station (RFS) and the other to the Zeneca Site, formerly owned by Stauffer Chemical and neighboring the RFS.

June 20, 2006

Beginning in late June or early July 2006 mowing will commence in the RFS prairie reserve as part of an effort aimed at elminating invasion of Harding grass (Philaris aquatica). The mowing is intended to reduce seed spread and to reduce the vigor of the plant. Mowing will not harm the native coastal prairie habitat as is being completed at the recommendation of campus biology faculty. A qualified biologist will oversee the work to insure that sensitive areas are not harmed.

June 1, 2006

Next Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting Thursday, June 8, 2006, 6:30- 9:00 p.m The State of California Department of Toxics Substances Control has scheduled the next meeting of the Community Advisory Group for Zeneca/Former Stauffer Chemical Company Site (that includes the Richmond Field Station and other nearby sites within its scope) for the following time and location:

Thursday, June 8, 2006, 6:30- 9:00 p.m. .

May 2, 2006

Next Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting Thursday, May 11, 2006, 6:30- 9:00 p.m The State of California Department of Toxics Substances Control has scheduled the next meeting of the Community Advisory Group for Zeneca/Former Stauffer Chemical Company Site (that includes the Richmond Field Station and other nearby sites within its scope) for the following time and location:

Thursday, May 11, 2006, 6:30- 9:00 p.m. .