The documents linked below provide information about the removal of trees and the health and safety of the neighborhood surrounding Parcels 12 and 13 along Civic Center Drive. Addition information is in the FAQ section.
On Nov. 21 and 22, 2015 trees were removed from Parcels 12 &13 that were considered a hazard from toppling over and falling limbs. (Parcels 12 & 13 Arborist Report) Soils in Parcels 12 & 13 have long been known to contain above naturally occurring levels of arsenic from prior use as a railroad right-of-way.
The City’s primary concern is the health of this community and the City has taken numerous steps to determine the level of risk from the soils on the parcels and the tree removal, and to mitigate that risk. To accomplish this the City has retained consultants who have tested the air and conducted soils testing both on and off the property.
Test results taken soon after the removal of the trees in 2015 indicate that there was no risk to the community from being in the vicinity of Parcels 12 and 13. In addition, there was no evidence that suggests that contaminated dust migrated outside of the parcels immediately following the removal of trees. Results of the 2015 testing are in the documents listed below.
The City did testing of soil samples during July and August 2016 in the public right of way, in order to determine mitigation necessary for the Santa Monica Boulevard Reconstruction Project. Results of Arsenic Sampling on Parcels 12 & 13 July-August 2016
The City will continue to work closely with the State’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to protect the public health and ensure that no contaminated soil escapes from the properties. The DTSC is the agency charged with oversight of investigation and remediation on the parcels. The parcels have been sprayed with an approved compound designed to suppress dust and bind the surface soils.