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Residents want state to reject Stanford toxics plan

Original post made on Feb 20, 2016

The state agency tasked with regulating hazardous materials should reject Stanford University's plan to deal with trichloroethylene (TCE) under 1601 California Ave., a College Terrace Residents' Association subcommittee studying the site has told the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 20, 2016 at 10:15 am

Have to give a nod to the conscientious group that is paying close attention to this. I attended a recent meeting and observed the charts created by Stanford and those created by Ed S. It is concerning that Stanford's chart appears to be deliberately deceptive in the way that it uses small markers to depict large problem areas and larger markers to depict smaller problem areas. The non-Stanford charts take the opposite approach, telling a much clearer story. I urge the powers that be to require Stanford to solve the problem via comprehensive remediation (rather than parcel by parcel) so the problem is removed instead of just contained.


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Posted by Fred Balin
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 20, 2016 at 6:32 pm

Fred Balin is a registered user.

Detailed and excellent coverage of a complex topic and in a specific situation, i.e. homes planned for Stanford junior faculty and families on a portion of the University Terrace site.

Ed S. (i.e., Schmitt) has done another remarkable piece of work for the community, as you know, Annette. His visual on the potential spread of TCE contamination on the project site is directly adjacent to the article in the print edition. The concept he came up with, the data reduction techniques he employed, and two other visuals he created (including the proposed locations of homes in relation to the TCE potential spread) are in the appendix of the CTRA submittal to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). That as well as the reports of both the Stanford and CTRA consultants and other related items can be found within the public folder I created at Web Link .

The potential danger from TCE rising from soil vapors is when it is trapped within buildings. The topic of "vapor intrusion" of hazardous substances will be the subject of a presentation workshop by Lenny Siegel, cited in the article and an expert in the area. A date will be set and announced shortly after we secure a venue. The topic could be of interest to folks outside of College Terrace, including prospective purchasers of homes on the site.

While the article highlights specific College Terrace concerns, the Residents’ Association submittal also focuses to a large extent on the situation on the project site itself and therefore to the homes that are planned to be built there. While a good deal of material is now available with regard to hazardous materials on the University Terrace site, as well as plans, analysis, and commentary, if anyone would like to discuss this matter further with me and in confidence, feel free to contact me at fbalin@gmail.com .


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Posted by Ahem
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 21, 2016 at 12:36 am

Great analysis by Ed Schmitt, and very disappointing that Stanford Land Management has decided to take the low road, instead of coming forward with a plan to re-mediate the carcinogenic TCE contamination on the property, and in all likelihood under adjacent properties across the street in College Terrace.

People need to realize there are two Stanfords. The academic institution we all know, and Stanford Land Management which is just another sleazy real-estate developer, that would do, or say, anything to push its project forward.

Stanford Land Management is also responsible for the ghetto of McMansions crammed onto the property along Stanford Avenue, and the play-fields at Page Mill and El Camino which were built on a toxic Superfund site, and then covered with a type of "crumb rubber" artificial turf, that has been linked to a cluster of rare childhood cancers in soccer goalies.

When is Stanford (the academic institution) going to realize the damage Stanford Land Management is doing to the Stanford brand?


"How Safe Is the Artificial Turf Your Child Plays On?"
NBC News ~ October 8, 2014 Web Link


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