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Public Notice for Soil Vapor Extraction Permit Near Pinole Middle School

There are three more weeks left to comment on concerns around a proposed project expected to produce some air pollution near Pinole Middle School.

By now, families and community members connected to Pinole Middle School should have received a public notice letter from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) alerting them to a nearby project referenced as a source of air pollution.

It's a standard procedure mandated by state law whenever there's a health risk, especially if it's within 1,000 feet within a school.

The public letter describes the project as, a "permit to operate to remedy an existing contamination problem, a Soil Vapor Extraction and Treatment System has been proposed for this site. Dry cleaning solvent (perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene) has been found in the surrounding soil. P & D Environmental, Inc. has proposed a system consisting of a vacuum blower to extract dry cleaning solvent vapor from wells drilled at the site. A carbon adsorption system will be used to capture the recovered vapors. Emissions from the proposed source will be significantly controlled."

The permit application states, "the emissions of Toxic Air Contaminants are not considered sufficient to warrant a health risk screening analysis and health risks are expected to be insignificant."

To comment on the proposed project, you can send an email or call:
fchan@baaqmd.gov, 415-739-5030

BAAQMD requests that you leave your name and telephone number so that a District staff member may respond to your message.

The public comment period for this project ends on February 17.

Giorgio C. January 28, 2014 at 11:26 PM
The following EPA document found at <http://www.epa.gov/tio/download/citizens/a_citizens_guide_to_soil_vapor_extraction_and_air_sparging.pdf> states "The air released to the atmosphere following treatment may be sampled to make sure all harmful vapors have been removed or destroyed." Will they be doing such testing during the procedure to ensure no significant pollutants have been inadvertently released?
CHACHA January 29, 2014 at 06:00 PM
They really need to test in/around the end of Tennant Ave @ the Pinole Bay Park/Sewage Plant property where it's very likely that higher levels of bad-toxins and vapors will be detected!

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