Removal Action Workplan, Correia Middle School, San Diego Unified School District


SCH Number
Public Agency
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Document Title
Removal Action Workplan, Correia Middle School, San Diego Unified School District
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
Approval of a Removal Action Workplan (RAW) by the Department of Toxic Substances Control pursuant to CA Health and Safety Code sections 25323.1 and 25356.1(h). The approximate 19-acre site has been occupied by Correia Middle School since 1958. The site has been divided into two distinct study areas. Study Area 1 consists of School buildings and athletic fields within the fenced boundaries of the site and Study Area 2 which consists of the slopes located on the southern and eastern portions of the site adjacent to Famosa Boulevard and Valeta Street. The site is surrounded by a YMCA and residential properties to the north, Cleator Community Park to the west, Famosa Boulevard followed by undeveloped land to the south and residential properties to the southeast, and Valeta Street followed by residential properties to the east. The School is constructed on a mesa with cut and fill slopes. The east-northeast and west-southwest areas of the site, including the slopes were filled in with material cut from other portions of the site. In addition, miscellaneous dumped material from a nearby disposal site was reported to be mixed with the fill soil used in the athletic field areas during site construction. Depth of fill material encountered during drilling activities ranged from 0.5 to 45 feet below ground surface (bgs) observations of debris, glass, and evidence of burn ash material encountered at depths greater than 2.0 feet bgs. The site's contaminants of concern (COCs) associated with the burn ash include lead with concentrations ranging from 87.9 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) to 69,100 mg/kg and dioxins/furans with concentrations ranging from 5.15E-09 mg/kg to 5.9E-5 mg/kg. In addition, groundwater investigation was conducted in 2008 and determined that groundwater was not impacted by the contamination at the site.

Contact Information
Rana Georges
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Lead/Public Agency
Schools Evaluation and Cleanup Team 5796 Corporate Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630

Phone : (714) 484-5320


San Diego
San Diego

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
General Rule DTSC has determined that the project is a General Rule exemption project and is, therefore, exempt from the provisions of CEQA and Guidelines for the following reasons: 1) It can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment. 2) The project activity is covered by the general exemption rule (as provided in CA Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15061(b)(3)) that the CEQA applies only to project which have potential for causing a significant effect on the environment.

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