Interim Soil Removal Action Workplan, Watson Park Site


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
Document Title
Interim Soil Removal Action Workplan, Watson Park Site
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project is the removal of contaminated soil in residential backyards as presented in a Removal Action Workplan. The removal action consists of the removal of at least three feet of soil contaminated primarily with lead from at least seven residential backyards, placement of a delimiting material in the excavations to indicate the transition between the backfill material and the remaining soil, and the backfilling of the excavated areas with clean soil to prevent contact with the contaminated soil. Up to five feet of soil may be removed from 460 and 456 Terrace Drive where visual burn ash indicators are observed.

Contact Information

Bill Brown
Agency Name
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Jose
Santa Clara

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15330
Reasons for Exemption
1. The project meets the requirements of section 15330. 2. The removal action will cost less than 1 million dollars. 3. The project is not in an area of significant biological or cultural resources (the residential backyards are developed and landscaped properties with no identified habitat areas). 4. The site is not on the Hazardous Waste and Substances Sites list pursuant to the Government Code section 65962.5. 5. The project will not have a significant impact because: (a) The removal action will take place entirely onsite within the fenced boundaries of the site. (b) Excavation and backfilling will be conducted by personnel qualified to handle hazardous substances, under the oversight of DTSC project personnel. The proponent will be subject to a DTSC approved health and safety plan designed to protect the health of workers as well as the local population. (c) Dust control measures and air monitoring will be conducted at the site to assure maintenance of air quality in the vicinity of the site. (d) Clean soil will be hauled by transporters using routes approved by DTSC. The estimated 60 to 65 trucks per day will not add a significant or unusual traffic burden to the projected route to the site. Trucks importing clean fill will avoid peak commute hours. (e) Noise will not cause a significant impact, because noise generating activities will occur only during daylight hours, and residents have been given the option to voluntarily relocate during the construction activities for any reason.

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