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DTSC Wraps Up Voluntary Fremont Soil Removal and Improvement Project

DTSC Wraps Up Voluntary Fremont Soil Removal and Improvement Project

In an effort to reinforce its commitment to environmental stewardship, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has successfully concluded its soil removal and improvement project at Fremont Elementary School, located at 4000 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA, 90814. This initiative, although not prompted by an immediate safety risk, demonstrates the school district's proactive approach to environmental health and safety, ensuring peace of mind for the community.

DTSC's Commitment to Safety
The DTSC's involvement in the soil removal and improvement project at Fremont Elementary highlights the importance of collaboration between government agencies and local communities in addressing environmental concerns, even when the risk is minimal. The project involved extensive site assessments, detailed planning, and the deployment of specialized equipment and techniques to safely identify and remove soil.

Key Steps in the Soil Removal Process

  1. Site Assessment and Planning: Before any physical work begins, DTSC oversees and provides suggestions for thorough site assessments to identify soil removal areas. This involves soil sampling, laboratory analysis, and the mapping of soil removal areas.
  2. Community Engagement: DTSC prioritizes communication with the community. A public meeting, newspaper posting, mail-outs, and regular community updates ensure that residents are informed and involved in the project's progress.
  3. Excavation and Removal: Using machinery, soil removal areas are carefully excavated and transported to designated disposal facilities. 
  4. Site Restoration: Following the removal of soil, DTSC undertakes efforts to restore the sites. Fresh soil is brought in, and areas are re-established/repaved as needed to blend seamlessly with their surroundings, ensuring both functionality and aesthetic appeal.

As Fremont Elementary moves forward with cleaner ground, the school stands as a testament to what can be accomplished when environmental health is prioritized. The DTSC and LBUSD’s commitment to protecting public health and the environment ensures that Fremont Elementary remains a safe and thriving place for education and growth.

For more information, please find the Community Update (in English and Spanish) attached for your reference.

DTSC_Fremont Site #427 - Community Update Eng.pdf

DTSC_Fremont Site #427 - Actualización de la comunidad Esp.pdf