Environmental Enlightenment #134

By Ami Adini -
Reissued October 24, 2017
This is a SHORT, LIGHT and SIMPLE newsletter. Its purpose is to rekindle, in the initiated, terminology they have once learned and enlighten the uninitiated on terms they may have heard but never knew the meaning of.

Orientation: California State Water Resources Control Board

There are three prime forces driving environmental site assessments in real estate transactions: (1) protection of groundwater resources, (2) risk of intrusion of toxic vapor into inhabited spaces, and (3) pollution of surface soils from discharge of industrial chemicals. In cases where impact on the environment is significant, cases end up under oversight of one of two regulatory bodies that belong in the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA): The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), or the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

Where assessments are driven by business transactions; e.g., Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessment, although not working directly under the auspices of the regulatory agencies, the consultant nonetheless is tuned to what could be the ramifications if the investigations were to come eventually under the jurisdiction of these agencies.

The mission of SWRCB is “to preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California's water resources, and ensure their proper allocation and efficient use for the benefit of present and future generations." The SWRCB was created in 1967. The Board consists of five full-time salaried Members. Each board member is appointed to a four-year term by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. (https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/)

The SWRCB delegates actions to local levels through nine Regional Water Quality Control Boards (Regional Boards). The mission of the Regional Boards is to develop and enforce water quality objectives and implementation plans that will best protect the beneficial uses of the State's waters, recognizing local differences in climate, topography, geology and hydrology.
The map below depicts how California is divided between the Boards. Regions 5 and 6 are further divided.

Control Board and its programs, go to https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/about_us/contact_us/rwqcbs_directory.shtml and click on your region of interest.

Each Regional Board has nine part-time Members also appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Regional Boards develop "basin plans" for their hydrologic areas, issue waste discharge permits, take enforcement action against violators, and monitor water quality. The task of protecting and enforcing the many uses of water, including the needs of industry, agriculture, municipal districts, and the environment is an ongoing challenge for the Water Board and Regional Boards.

You can find past issues of our "Environmental Enlightenment" at amiadini.com Wealth of information about environmental site assessments in the real estate transactions and issues concerning assessment and cleanup of contamination in the subsurface soil and groundwater.

Call me if you have any questions. There are no obligations.

Ami Adini Environmental Services, Inc.
Environmental Consultants & General Engineering Contractors
California Lic. #1009513 A B HAZ ASB
818-824-8102; mail@amiadini.com

Ami Adini is a veteran environmental practitioner with over 40 years of experience. He carries a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering including academic credits in Nuclear and Chemical Engineering and postgraduate education in these fields. His career includes design and construction of nuclear plant facilities, chemical processing plants and hazardous wastewater treatment systems. He is a former California Registered Environmental Assessor Levels I & II in the 1988-2012 registry that certified environmental professionals in the assessment and remediation of environmentally impacted land, and a Registered Environmental Professional (REP) since 1989 with the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP). He is a California Business & Professions Code Qualifying Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) in the General Engineering Contractor classification with Hazardous Substance Removal and Asbestos certifications, and president of AMI ADINI ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. (AAES), a general engineering contractor and consulting firm specializing in environmental site assessments, rehabilitation of contaminated sites and removal of environmental risks from real-estate transactions. (Contact Ami for a complete resume.) AAES provides practical solutions to environmental concerns using the highest standards of ethics and integrity while providing its clients with maximum return on their investments.