|Date:||Wed, 04 Mar 1998 16:28:51 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||WOULD THIS WORK IN BROWNFIELDS?|
Hello Everyone, The Clearwater Revival Company and West End Concerned Citizens at the Alameda Naval Air Station, CA (which is a closing military base) have developed a set of Community Acceptance Criteria (CAC). The CAC is a list of goals and criteria for evaluating whether their cleanup plan is likely to be acceptable to the community. The goal of the CAC is to "...expedite the cleanup of contaminated sites in a manner that does not compromise a high level of environmental and human health protection." . The following is a list of goals that would be considered a satisfactory cleanup. Comlete details of the CAC are listed at the end of this message. 1.Protects the health of the community and the environment; 2.Investigates and addresses exposure to contaminants; 3.Supports the transfer of base property without property use restrictions due to residual contamination; 4.Ensures the protection of the community and environment during cleanup activities; 5.Supports interim reuse of the installation without jeopardizing the cleanup activities or increasing the potential for additional cleanup; 6.Clean up to levels consistent with the state of California's water non-degradation policy. The web address for the full description of the Community Acceptance Criteria http://home.earthlink.net/~clearh2orev/wecc1.html Would Community Acceptance Criteria concept work in brownfields redevelopment? Has anyone come across other successful examples of how "communities" have successfully influenced the cleanup/development process? Tony Chenhansa CAREER/PRO For more details about the CAC contact: Patrick G. Lynch Clearwater Revival Company phone: (510) 522 - 2165 fax: (510) 522 - 8520 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Community Acceptance Criteria -- Detailed Description: 1.Ensure cleanup completion ten years after the Navy's last scheduled ROD, up to the year 2050 for monitoring of residual contamination. That allows one year of cleanup per each year of Navy occupancy. 2.Complete the cleanup project in a timely manner. Set a schedule for cleanup activities to adhere to it. 3.Cleanup property near existing neighborhoods first. Residents deserve to be protected from exposure to contamination. As fenceline property is close to existing infrastructure, it makes the most sense to redevelop this land first. 4.Cleanup levels should support property use that is unrestricted by environmental contamination to ensure future land use flexibility and protection of future occupants. Without full cleanup to standards appropriate for residential use, the residual contamination will restrict the future use of the property. 5.Create buffer zones around special use areas to ensure protection of the community and the environment. The following are recommended buffer zones: Residences, schools, parks and daycare facilities: 250 ft. buffer zone with most protective cleanup level (residential level cleanup without property use restrictions) Private wells and subterranean basements: 750 ft. buffer zone with cleanup to drinking water standards to ensure protection at potential groundwater contact points Shoreline: 250 ft. buffer zone with cleanup of soil and groundwater to standards protective of food web Buried utility lines: 250 ft. buffer zone with cleanup of groundwater to standards protective of the aquatic food web. 6.Investigate impacts of the migration of pollution off of the base. The movement of contamination onto private and City property adjacent to the base and to offshore areas in the Oakland Harbor and San Francisco Bay has occurred. The Navy has the responsibility to extend its investigation into these areas to determine the limits of its contamination and clean up accordingly. 7.Eliminate contamination of the Bay eco-system by fully investigating and remediating contaminated sediment surrounding the base. 8.Soil handling should be properly controlled to minimize releases of contaminated soil into the air, onto adjacent properties, into storm drains, and into the Bay. A schedule and budget which covers the complete project should in place prior to initiation of removal activities. Excavation activities: No excavation when wind speed exceeds 15 mph. Air monitoring should be conducted for excavation close to sensitive areas and whenever the excavated soil exceeds 1,000 cubic yards. Stockpiles: Soil piles should be placed at least 2,000 feet from residences and 500 feet from wetlands and the Bay. They should be immediately covered, with adequate stormwater runoff protection. They should be inspected daily and repairs made immediately. Transportation: Soil transported off of the base should be adequately covered and should follow approved transportation routes. 9.Involve public in cleanup decisions. The public needs to be informed of the risks from contaminated areas. A public record of cleanup activities should be updated regularly, maintained and made accessible at a local public library. 10.Adhere to existing cleanup practices. Following existing California and federal cleanup laws and policies reduce the community’s burden to learn multi-processes or to seek outside professional assistance. The Navy should also demonstrate success of similar cleanup processes at comparable federal facilities. 11.The public should be fully informed about the health risk form naturally occurring chemicals. This health risk must be considered when setting cleanup goals.
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