News

October 17, 2005

Staff from the California Department of Health Services Environmental Health Investigation Branch (DHS) will be holding two drop-in sessions to meet with anyone from the RFS community to discuss health concerns:

October 10, 2005

he 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:

Monday , October 24, 2005 - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Richmond Convention Center - Bermuda Room
403 Civic Center Plaza at Nevin and 25th Streets
Richmond, California.

October 7, 2005

The campus Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) has implemented a supplemental air monitoring program to further ensure that the environment at the Richmond Field Station (RFS) is healthful and safe for workers and visitors. This air monitoring is in addition to the sampling required by the state Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC) related to the RFS site remediation project.

September 6, 2005

On Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, the campus Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) assessed an area of land along Meeker Slough, adjacent to the RFS, for radiation. The assessment, conducted after EH&S notified the Department of Toxics Substances Control (DTSC), covers an area where a former RFS employee claims to have buried metal drums in the late 1960s. No radioactive contamination was found. EH&S will continue to work with DTSC to determine the presence and content of any buried material in this area.

September 2, 2005

On June 23, 2005, the Department of Toxics Substances Control was informed by a community member that a "purple ooze" was observed in front of a grassy area in front of the Building 484 Earthquake Engineering Laboratory. See attached photos.

The Community Advisory Group (CAG) established for the Zeneca/former Stauffer Chemical Company site (Zeneca Site) and surrounding sites, including the Richmond Field Station appointed two RFS representatives at the September 1, 2005 meeting. They are: David Kim, a current RFS employee and Rick Alcaraz, a former RFS employee. Both representatives were present at the September 1 meeting. David Kim can be reached by email at dongja@berkeley.edu.  or by telephone at (510) 665-3502.

he 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 , September 29, 2005 - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Richmond Convention Center - Bermuda Room
403 Civic Center Plaza at Nevin and 25th Streets
Richmond, California

August 23, 2005

The Community Advisory Group (CAG) established for the Zeneca/former Stauffer Chemical Company site (Zeneca Site) and surrounding sites, including the Richmond Field Station,  is now seeking to fill two positions specifically for Richmond Field Station employees. Membership applications are due Thursday, August 25, 2005. To apply, complete the application form. Instructions for submission of the form to DTSC are included at the end of the form.

August 22, 2005

The State of California Regional Water Quality Control Board has issued two tentative orders for rescission of Orders of Site Cleanup Requirements for the Zeneca site (Order No. 01-101) and for the Richmond Field Station (Order No. 01-102). This action is being taken because lead agency oversight has been transferred from the Board to the Department of Toxics Substances Control.

July 28, 2005

Facilities staff have received some questions about small flags that have been placed in the ground in parts of the field station. Flags are being used for a variety of purposes, including campus Environment, Health and Safety surveys and expansion of the Institute for Transportation Studies bus test track.

The second meeting of the Zeneca Community Advisory Group (CAG) was held on July 28, 2005. Members voted to include one or two RFS staff, at least one current employee and possibly a former employee. A subcommittee was established to develop a process to select members. It will report back on the process at the next Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting on September 1, 2005.

Western Stege Marsh of the RFS is home to a rare federally listed endangered species, the California clapper rail (Railis longirostris obsoletus). Once common in the Bay Area, rail populations plummeted to around 1000 by the end of the 20th century. The clapper rail breeding season officially designated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service extends from February 1 to August 31. No disturbance is allowed within 200 feet of breeding habitat during that period, which is the reason why marsh remediation work only occurs in the Fall, after September 1.