Field work at the Ascon Landfill Site during the week of April 13 is planned to include:
THANK YOU to Huntington Beach-based Surf City Still Works for supplying bulk hand sanitizer for our onsite team of essential workers. Your efforts to help the community stay safe are appreciated!
DTSC ONLINE DISCUSSION: DTSC hosted an ONLINE discussion on April 2, about emergency repair work on the north earthen berm at the Ascon Landfill Site. For more details go to: Stabilization of North Berm. The presentation is expected to be posted on the DTSC YouTube channel, DTSCGreen, and will be shared here on this website.
HAMILTON AVENUE: Traffic barriers were placed on the south side of Hamilton Avenue beginning March 13 to prevent pedestrian and bicycle access adjacent to the 16-foot barrier fence. This action was taken in an abundance of caution due to cracking of the earthen berm parallel to Hamilton Avenue (more information under “Northern Zone” below).
NORTHERN ZONE: Twenty-four hour inspection is ongoing for a remaining unexcavated area of Ascon’s earthen berm parallel to Hamilton Avenue which is experiencing tension cracks. An electronic geotechnical stability monitor (string potentiometer) and notification system was installed on the berm to alert the technical team in real time should there be slippage of berm soils. Future action is anticipated in this area to stabilize the 70-year-old berm, pending imminent direction from DTSC. An update will be posted on AsconHB.com when direction regarding this work is received.
A reinforced plastic cover is placed over this area in advance of rain, with inspections after rain events. This precaution has been implemented before prior rain events, following the first observation of cracking and notification to DTSC in January.
SITEWIDE: Stormwater management is subject to inspection by the City stormwater inspector. Ascon conducts stormwater inspections in advance of forecasted rain as an ongoing essential activity which continues under the current State executive order. Rain-related activity may include pumping out stormwater from onsite some ponded areas to other areas of the Ascon site. There will be continued inspection and maintenance of stormwater management measures to maintain compliance with Ascon stormwater permit.
- Learn more about stormwater management at Ascon on AsconHB.com under the Our Safety Commitment Click on “Learn More” to read the explainer.
SITEWIDE AND OFFSITE: DTSC permitted a brief pause on daily air sampling and monitoring both onsite and at offsite locations to allow our personnel to be with their families over the Passover and Easter weekend, from Thursday, April 9, through Monday morning, April 13. Air sampling and monitoring resumed at 7 am on Monday, April 13.
Ascon air monitoring results remain well below health-protective screening levels. Current field work, as well as prior field work at Ascon, presents no risk to public health.
For more information about Ascon’s air monitoring and data sharing, please visit Actively Monitoring Air Quality on this website. This data also is submitted to DTSC and shared on their online document archive, Envirostor. To view archived air monitoring results posted by DTSC on Envirostor, click on “Community Involvement Documents” and scroll to “Updates and Information”.
SITEWIDE: Removal of bins with soil from recent hydrant installation for proper disposal is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
INTERIOR: Inspection of SCAQMD Rule 1166 treatment cell will be conducted to maintain treatment cell integrity and compliance with permit conditions.
EASTERN ZONE: Regular inspection of the “Pit F” tent will be conducted.
SITEWIDE: Weed abatement will be conducted as needed throughout the Site as part of stormwater management and fire protection. Plant overgrowth is removed near silt fences as part of necessary weed abatement, leaving roots in place to help prevent erosion.
Equipment used for this work may include:
- Small power equipment, such as a weed wacker or mower
SITEWIDE: Dust and odor mitigation measures continue to be implemented. This includes applying a non-toxic odor suppressant material in excavated and graded zones which forms a hard clay-based shell, covering excavated materials with reinforced plastic covers, and also use of a water truck to mist interior roadways and areas where field work is occurring. Learn more about these ongoing activities and other activities conducted to maintain a safe cleanup project under the Our Safety Commitment tab.
SITEWIDE: Soil sealant will be applied to access and interior roads as a routine dust control action.
HAMILTON AND MAGNOLIA STREETS: Workers will conduct routine cleanup and removal of trash and debris thrown at and between the concrete base for the 16-foot fence around the outside of Ascon.
SITEWIDE: Supplies needed for the North Berm repair work and for ongoing Site maintenance are expected for delivery.
SITEWIDE: 24-hour onsite security continues.