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  • Mohsen Nazemi, M.S., P.E., Deputy DirectorBrownfields and Environmental Restoration Program

    DTSC Site Mitigation Overview/UpdateDTSC Independent Review Panel Meeting Part I

    CalEPA Building, SacramentoJanuary 11, 2017

  • DTSC Site Mitigation (Cleanup) Program Overview/Update

    Program Mission/Vision/History Core Programs/Organizational Structure Authorities/Types of Cleanup Actions School Siting Program Universe of Cleanup Sites Items for Next Meeting

  • DTSC Site Mitigation Programs Mission

    To protect Californias people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances by restoring contaminated resources

  • DTSC Site Mitigation Programs Vision

    Californians enjoy a clean and healthy environment, and as a result of our efforts Communities are confident that we protect them from toxic

    harm Businesses are confident that we engage them with

    consistency and integrity

  • Site Mitigation Federal Program 1970s - Concerns for health impacts from uncontrolled

    hazardous waste disposal sites 1980 - Comprehensive Environmental Response,

    Compensation, and Liability Act (Federal Superfund Law) passed, gave United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) authority to: Order responsible parties to clean up sites Use federal funds at sites with no responsible parties

  • Site Mitigation State Program 1981 - California Hazardous Substance Account Act (Health & Safety Code

    Division 20 Chapter 6.8) State authority to order responsible parties to clean up sites Provide matching state funds for cleaning up National Priorities List

    sites State program established in 1981 to address uncontrolled hazardous

    substance release sites Department of Health Services Toxic Substances Control Division given

    responsibility for program Started in Sacramento headquarters and expanded to other offices in

    Northern and Southern California

  • Site Mitigation Program in 1980s Hazardous Substances Cleanup Bond passed in 1984 funding at

    $100 million fully expended State site list grew from 60 to > 400 (1983-1990) Started with staff < 10 in 1981

    First operated from small office in Sacramento Managed by Sacramento, Emeryville, Long Beach, and Burbank

    offices in 1990

  • Site Mitigation Program in 1990s

    Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) formed in 1991

    Established Site Mitigation Program in 1993 Office of Military Facilities formed in 1994 Schools Program established in 1999

  • Site Mitigation Program in 2000s Site Mitigation Program Expanded

    Cleanup Loans and Environmental Assistance to Neighborhoods (CLEAN) Loan Program established in 2000. DTSC issued 5 loans totaling more than $3.3 million. The existing statute mandates participation of entities that no longer exist. DTSC cannot issue new loans until statutory changes are made to abolish the obsolete committee.

    California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act (CLRRA) passed in 2004 Revolving Loan Fund Program funded by U.S. EPA in 2006 approved over $5

    million in 6 loans and over $5.6 million on 22 subgrants since inception Reorganized into One Cleanup Program in 2008

    Incorporated corrective action program and Human & Ecological Risk Office Cleanup sites grew from 60 in 1983 to >1,600

  • Site Mitigations/Cleanups/Evaluations

    National Priorities List (U.S. EPA Lead) State Response (State Lead Enforcement) Corrective Action/Hazardous Waste Releases

    (Hazardous Waste Control Law) Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCA) Schools ProgramMilitary Cleanup Fund-Lead National Priorities List/State Orphan Legacy Landfill

  • Site Mitigation ProgramCore Functions Federal Facilities (including Military and Department of Energy

    Sites) Cleanups State Site Cleanups (Responsible Parties & orphans) School Site Evaluations Legacy Landfills Exide Closure & Residential CleanupSupport Functions Engineering & Special Projects Office Geological Services Unit Human & Ecological Risk Office Grants & Program Support Branch

  • Site Mitigation Program Support Office of Legal Counsel Office of Public Participation Environmental Justice & Tribal Affairs Communications Office Office of Planning & Environmental Analysis

  • Site Remediation Process Summary Evaluation

    Discovery & verify release and threat Define contamination extent and risk

    Remedy selection Evaluate remedy options Remedy plan, California Environmental Quality Act analysis, and public

    review Implementation

    Designs & monitoring plans Construction and long-term operation and maintenance (if necessary) Environmental restrictions (if necessary)

    Emergency and interim actions (if necessary) DTSC does not make any zoning decisions

  • Site Mitigation Program Staff Mohsen Nazemi, M.S., P.E. - Deputy Director Bachelor and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering;

    Professional Engineer; Certified Hazardous Material Manager Location Based in Cypress Office Staffing 331 Positions in 6 offices:

    1 Assistant Deputy and 2 Division Chiefs 14 Branch Chiefs 44 Unit Chiefs 272 Environmental Scientists, Hazardous Substances

    Engineers, Engineering Geologists, Toxicologists, Administrative Professionals

  • DTSC Office Locations

    Cal Ctr/Sacramento

    Headquarters

    Berkeley (includes Lab)

    Clovis

    Cypress

    El Centro

    Pasadena (LA Lab)

    San Diego

    Chatsworth

  • Site Mitigation Program Org Chart

    Deputy Director

    Assistant DeputyDirector

    Exide

    Division Chief Division Chief

    Corrective Action& Data

    Management

    ProjectManagement & Field Operations

    Human &Ecological Risk Sacramento Berkeley

    Grants & ProgramSupport

    Engineering &Special Projects Legacy Landfills Cypress

    Schools Evaluation& Brownfields

    Outreach

    San JoaquinSSFL Project

    Support Office of Geology Chatsworth

  • Site Mitigation Program Ray Leclerc, P.E. - Division Chief, C.E.A. Bachelor of Science Geology, Master of Science -

    Environmental Engineering; Licensed Civil Engineer Six Branches

    Dan Ward, Charlie Ridenour, Mark Malinowski, Bill Ryan, and Richard Hume Sacramento

    Jim Polisini Chatsworth Special Projects

    Legislation, financial assurance, corrective action, and financially distressed cleanup sites.

    Staffing: 146 staff in Division

  • Legacy Landfills Branch

    Richard Hume, P.E. - Branch Chief Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering Technology; Licensed

    Mechanical Engineer Location - Sacramento Field Office Organization Three project management units (three unit chiefs)

    and administrative support Types of Sites Legacy Landfill (e.g., Stringfellow & BKK-W. Covina),

    National Priorities List, state response, military sites Staffing:

    12 Hazardous Substances Engineers 7 Engineering Geologists 2 Environmental Scientists 3 Administrative Professionals

  • Human and Ecological Risk Office Jim Polisini, Ph.D. - Chief Bachelors degree Zoology; Ph.D. - Biological Sciences Location Sacramento, Berkeley, Chatsworth, and Cypress Field

    Offices Organization - Four human health units and one ecological risk

    support unit (five unit chiefs) Types of Work Toxicological and risk assessment support Types of Sites - National Priorities List, military, state response,

    corrective action, Voluntary Cleanup Agreement, and orphan sites Staffing:

    29 Toxicologists 1 Health Physicist

  • Santa Susana and Northern CA Schools Branch

    Mark Malinowski, P.G. - Branch Chief Bachelor and Master of Science Geology; Professional Geologist Location Sacramento Field Office Organization Two project management units (two unit

    chiefs) and administrative support Types of Sites Santa Susana Field Lab & Northern California

    Schools Staffing:

    8 Hazardous Substances Engineers 6 Engineering Geologists

  • Sacramento Cleanup Branch Charlie Ridenour, P.E. - Branch Chief Bachelor of Science Chemical Engineering; Licensed Chemical

    Engineer Location - Sacramento Field Office Organization - Four project management units (four unit chiefs) and

    administrative support Types of Sites - National Priorities List, military, state response,

    corrective action, Voluntary Cleanup Agreement, and orphan sites Staffing:

    22 Hazardous Substances Engineers 6 Environmental Scientists 4 Engineering Geologists 3 Administrative Professionals

  • San Joaquin Branch Bill Ryan, P.E. - Branch Chief Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering; Licensed Civil Engineer Location - Sacramento and Clovis Field Offices Organization Two project management units (two unit chiefs) and

    administrative support Types of Sites San Joaquin Valley National Priorities List, military,

    state response, corrective action, Voluntary Cleanup Agreement, and orphan sites

    Staffing: 6 Environmental Scientists 6 Engineering Geologists 5 Hazardous Substances Engineers 3 Administrative Professionals

  • Engineering & Special Projects Branch Dan Ward - Branch Chief Bachelor of Science - Environmental Toxicology; Master of Science -

    Civil/Environmental Engineering Location Sacramento and Cypress Field Offices Organization - One engineering support unit and two hybrid units (three

    units with three unit chiefs) Types of Sites Engineering support, military coordination, special

    projects and project management of several individual sites Staffing: