|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Sat, 14 Dec 1996 15:30:52 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||Cal/EPA on FUTURE LAND USE|
From: Lenny Siegel <email@example.com> Cal/EPA ON FUTURE LAND USE After consulting with local reuse authorities within the state, on December 12 the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has submitted its comments of the Defense Department (DoD) cleanup office on Defense's draft policy on future land use and cleanup. Here are key excerpts of that letter: "Our experience in California has shown that it is essential that the cleanup meets the needs of the community reuse plan. In light of the draft policy indicating that DoD does not intend to return to perform further remediation when there is a change in land use, it is imperative that, whenever practicable, the military honor the community's reuse needs when planning the cleanup and that this approach be clearly communicated to the military service branches. "Land use is a local decision. Thus, we would expect that the military would remediate the property to the desired future land use. If the military is unable to remediate the property to the planned future use for some specific reason, how does DoD intend to handle this situation? How does DoD plan to resolve a conflict such as this with a local reuse authority. "Since the advent of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act, California has worked actively with DoD and other policy making entities to develop policies and guidance to expedite the cleanup and reuse of closing bases. OMF [the DTSC Office of Military Facilities] has also worked within the BRAC Cleanup Teams to ensure property at the closing bases is remediated to a level consistent with the future reuse. OMF believes that DoD's draft policy is important as it clarifies DoD's position as to how it intends to respond to cleanup requests in the future, once the property has been remediated and transferred. "However, to implement a remedial alternative which does not meet a residential risk exposure standard, that is, cleanup to an industrial or commercial cleanup level, it is necessary to ensure long term operation and maintenance of the remedy, including institutional controls (i.e. deed restrictions). Cal/EPA and the local reuse authorities are concerned about the resources available to maintain and monitor institutional controls on a long term basis. How will the DoD address the issue? Please consider this responsibility in redrafting the final policy."
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