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) hosted a Community Dialogue on the Management of Contaminated Soil (Community Dialogue). The purpose of the Community Dialogue was to address the various complexities associated with decisions about the fate of contaminated soil, including its management, treatment, and disposal. The Community Dialogue was an environment for collaboration and meaningful discussion, and incorporated many community views. The Community Dialogue included a series of meetings that sought 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.

These meetings have concluded and a summary is forthcoming. For information on the three meetings please see the materials and recordings below.

DTSC is collaborating with community partners on next steps to inform the Department's decision-making concerning the management of contaminated soil. This will include supporting development of Community Principles and promoting the use of effective remediation technologies.

If you have any questions please contact Lazaro Cardenas at Lazaro.Cardenas@dtsc.ca.gov or (916) 323-8749.

 
 
 

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Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

5:30PM-8:30PM

Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
1012 Jefferson Street
Delano, CA 93215

 
 

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Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

10:00AM-3:00PM

Greenlining Institute
360 14th Street, 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

 
 

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