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Oakland, CA, United States

Holland K.,Haley and Aldrich | Karnis S.,Canadian National Railway | Kasner D.A.,URS Corporation | Butler P.B.,URS Corporation | And 5 more authors.
Remediation | Year: 2013

This perspective article was prepared by members of the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF), a professional nonprofit organization seeking to advance the state of sustainable remediation within the broader context of sustainable site reuse. SURF recognizes that remediation and site reuse, including redevelopment activities, are intrinsically linked-even when remediation is subordinate to or sometimes a precursor of reuse. Although the end of the remediation life cycle has traditionally served as the beginning of the site's next life cycle, a disconnect between these two processes remains. SURF recommends a holistic approach that brings together remediation and reuse on a collaborative parallel path and seeks to achieve whole-system sustainability benefits. This article explores the value of integrating remediation into the reuse process to fully exploit synergies and minimize the costs and environmental impacts associated with bringing land back into beneficial use. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Maile Smith L.,Northgate Environmental Management Inc. | Calkins D.,Northgate Environmental Management Inc. | Chambers D.,Northgate Environmental Management Inc.
Proceedings of the Air and Waste Management Association's Annual Conference and Exhibition, AWMA | Year: 2014

In 2008, CARB conducted a Health Risk Assessment (HRA) of air toxic emissions from the Port of Oakland and other significant sources, e.g., transportation and industry in and near the West Oakland community. The HRA found that the West Oakland community is exposed to diesel particulate matter (DPM) impacts that are almost three times the Bay Area average. The project sponsors for the redevelopment of the former Oakland Army Base and the nearby residential community expressed concern over potential air quality impacts, especially for PM2.5 and DPM during the construction of the project. To address the concern over potentially worsening air quality, the Developer and its consultants comprised a team to develop an air quality monitoring program in the West Oakland community to evaluate changes and trends in ambient air quality as redevelopment activities commence. How the objectives of the City, Port of Oakland, and Developer, and those of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and West Oakland community were attained through the creation of a web portal to access data and information about this new air quality monitoring program are discussed. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the AWMA's 107th Annual Conference & Exhibition (Long Beach, CA 6/24-27/2014).

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