Community Dialogue on the Management of Contaminated Soil

Environmental Justice communities hold a range of views on the fate of contaminated soil in their community. Some support sending the contaminated soil out of their community as part of reducing threats to public health and the local environment. Others support treating contaminated soil locally, when feasible, rather than shifting burdens to other potentially impacted communities.

In order to address community concerns, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will be hosting a Community Dialogue on the Management of Contaminated Soil (Community Dialogue). The purpose of the Community Dialogue is to address the various complexities associated with decisions about the fate of contaminated soil, including its management, treatment, and disposal. The Community Dialogue is intended to be to an environment for collaboration and meaningful discussion, incorporating many community views. The Community Dialogue will include a series of meetings that seek to:

  • Clarify the basis for various community perspectives on how to best handle contaminated soil.
  • Provide a greater understanding of the technical options for managing contaminated soil, and the potential benefits and drawbacks.
  • Develop guidelines for the role of communities in DTSC’s decision-making processes associated with the fate of contaminated soil in their community.

DTSC is asking for participation of residents from communities impacted by the generation, treatment, and/or disposal of hazardous waste. Participation will include attendance in at least three initial meetings and discussion on information pertaining to the goals identified above

The meeting locations have yet to be determined, but will take place in various locations throughout the state. The meetings will take place between September 2017 through November 2017*.

At the conclusion of the Community Dialogue, DTSC, in collaboration with the community participants, will develop findings and recommendations to inform the Department's decision-making concerning the disposal and/or treatment of contaminated soil. This includes the development of proposed guidelines for factoring and weighting community input in remediation decisions.

If you are interested in participating please contact Lazaro Cardenas at or (916) 323-8749, with your name, contact information, and home address by Friday, August 25, 2017.

*Funds may be available to support travel expenses.  

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