Since 2005, E2 personnel have provided on-call environmental assessment services to the Community Development Commission (CDC) of the City of National City. E2 provided EIR and Report Review, Phase I Environmental Site Investigation, Phase II Site Investigation, remediation services, grant application writing, CEQA/NEPA reviews on behalf of the City’s Planning Department, third-party report review services, assistance with neighborhood planning activities, and Brownfield feasibility studies. E2 personnel prepared state and federal Brownfield grant applications that were awarded to the City. One winning application secured $45,000, and a second winning application secured $100,000, from the Department of Toxic Substances Control Targeted Site Investigation (DTSC TSI) grant program. One of the grants secured $200,000 from the EPA’s Brownfield Program.
The two TSI Grants, in the amount $145,000, were directed at conducting a site assessment of an underutilized parcel of property located within the Old Town Neighborhood of National City in an effort to initiate revitalization efforts. Specifically, the site was proposed to be converted from a public works yard into a natural park. E2 personnel reviewed available environmental information associated with the vacant parcel of property, developed a site investigation strategy and cost estimate, and conducted community outreach activities. E2 personnel were also responsible for establishing and coordinating the Westside Neighborhood Community Group (WNCG) that consisted of local residents, business owners, elected officials, and other interested stakeholders. The purpose of the WNCG was to review and comment on the TSI application and bring community participation to the project planning activities.
The EPA Brownfields Program grant, in the amount $200,000, was awarded to National City for the preparation of an area-wide assessment of environmental conditions in the Westside Neighborhood Specific Plan redevelopment zone. Specific tasks conducted by E2 personnel include preparing an area-wide inventory of business operations and environmental hazards, preparing and submitting EPA Brownfields Property Profile Forms, writing quarterly progress reports, coordinating activities with community groups, conducting All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI)-compliant Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, and conducting subsurface soil and groundwater investigations. Because the funds for this study were not available within National City’s budget, the identification and capturing of grant funds from outside sources resulted in accelerated redevelopment project schedules.
Since 2007, E2 personnel have provided on-call environmental engineering services to the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA). On-call services to date have included Phase I ESA, Phase II Site Investigation, Health Risk Assessment Services, Remediation Feasibility Studies, and Brownfield Area-Wide Inventories. Under this contract E2 has completed multiple Phase I ESAs on properties that CRA/LA is considering to provide funding in support of redevelopment projects on the subject properties. Each of the Phase I ESA that have been completed were prepared in accordance with latest ASTM Standard Practices for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I ESA Process (ASTM Designation: E1527-2005) and in compliance with the Federal All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) rule (40 CFR Part 312 – Standards and Practices for AAI).
E2 is currently conducting a Remediation Feasibility Study for a former industrial use property that CRA/LA is considering redeveloping under its Brownfield program. To complete this Feasibility Study, CRA/LA requested that E2 develop an additional remediation screening criteria that would evaluate green remediation in addition to the standard 9 criteria that are used by EPA to screen remediation/clean-up alternatives. To accomplish that goal, E2 has identified green remediation evaluation criteria that consider reduction green house gas emissions of the various alternatives, use of recycled materials, reduced energy and fuel consumption, and reduced water usage. Clean-up alternatives that are being evaluated include soil washing, phytoremediation, excavation, and capping.
E2 is also conducting an area-wide inventory of industrial properties that could qualify as a Brownfield property as defined by US EPA. The inventory area includes an eight block area and over 200 industrial-use parcels. To complete this inventory E2 personnel conducted a review of Sanborn Insurance Maps, completed a site reconnaissance of each parcel, and reviewed aerial photographs. Because site access was not obtained for the parcels, recommendations for Brownfield eligibility was based on observations made from public rights-of-ways and available documentation.