DID YOU KNOW
The Pit F tent dismantling and removal from Ascon began September 13. Trucks may be leaving the Site with dismantled Pit F tent fabric and framework and also large equipment used during Pit F remediation through September.
Telemetry air monitoring for Pit F continues through the demobilization phase. Onsite perimeter and offsite neighborhood air monitoring continue 24/7, including after the Pit F demobilization phase is completed.
CITY COUNCIL MEMBER SITE INSPECTION: Our thanks to City Council Member Rhonda Bolton for making time for a project briefing and Site inspection at Ascon. Along with City of Huntington Beach staff and representatives from DTSC, Council Member Bolton walked the 38-acre Site and viewed previously excavated areas, the treatment zone, and the remediated Pit F area through the open tent entry chamber. Onsite briefings are offered to local elected officials and to local first responders on an ongoing basis to orient them to the work at Ascon, answer questions, and gain their input.
Huntington Beach City Council member Rhonda Bolton [pictured far left], joined Ascon team members and DTSC for an onsite briefing.
MAINTENANCE: Regular maintenance will be conducted within the Site and around the perimeter fence areas, including gate areas.
Current work: The Pit F active excavation phase was completed August 24, and all Pit F waste has been removed for disposal. The excavation area is now sealed with a hardened cement-like slurry material between two to three feet thick. The surface area over and around the former pit also is covered with Posi-Shell®, a clay-based sealant that, when mixed with cement, dries to form a hard crust to prevent erosion and potential odor. There will be no more haul trucks with Pit F waste material leaving the Site. There is continued Pit F activity expected through September as part of equipment cleanup and demobilization. This activity includes cleaning, dismantling and removal of the Pit F tent from Ascon.
You may see: Workers arriving before 7 a.m. for safety briefings. Workers, materials, and large equipment, like manlifts, cranes, excavators, water trucks, forklifts, street sweepers, and material hauling trucks arriving and leaving the Site, Monday through Friday, and Saturdays if necessary.
You may hear: Periodic noise as the Pit F tent is dismantled. The air treatment system for the tent interior was turned off Friday, August 27, after decontamination of the Pit F tent and confirmation that interior air quality was safe and consistent with ambient air. Acoustic monitoring for the Pit F air treatment system was removed after the air treatment system was no longer operational.
Periodic construction sounds during work hours, like vehicle backup signaling required for worker safety and noise from equipment. Workers will minimize backing up vehicles when possible and when it is safe for workers and equipment.
SECURITY: 24-hour onsite security continues. Security is not always visible at the entrance gates. In addition to 24/7 onsite security, there are regular visits by air quality technicians, Site inspectors and Site maintenance personnel. Unannounced visitors without official business or agency oversight of Ascon are not permitted to enter the Site.
You may see: You may see flashlights or headlights from a limited number of vehicles at night conducting inspections and providing security at the 38-acre Site.
- DTSC continues its ongoing weekly inspections of Ascon. DTSC plans to be present for key Pit F demobilization activities.
- City of Huntington Beach continues its regular stormwater inspections of Ascon.
- The Ascon team currently is preparing for winterization of the Site, which includes additional stormwater management actions.
- Regular inspections are conducted by Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District of the onsite detention basins and other areas of the Ascon Site where water may be detained.
NEARBY ACTIVITIES: Bonfires in fire pits at Huntington State Beach have increased with summer activity, which periodically can generate a noticeable fire or smoky odor at and around Ascon. Please note there currently is a large mural painting project at the AES power facility southwest of Ascon. There are automobile storage activities that may generate noise or dust unrelated to Ascon at the former tank farm property, south of Ascon and adjacent to Magnolia Street.
Air monitoring continues both on the Ascon Site and at community locations, which includes dust data at upwind (offsite sources) and downwind stations on the Ascon Site documenting effective dust control measures.
Where to find Pit F telemetry air monitoring data: Near real-time air monitoring data during working hours from the Pit F area is being shared through the demobilization phase on the Pit F Telemetry Air Monitoring webpage.
Where to find 24/7 air monitoring data and live stream weather: Sitewide and neighborhood air monitoring data and live streaming weather conditions from the Ascon site are found on the Actively Monitoring Air Quality page on asconhb.com. Data are 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.”
DRONES: The community is asked to not fly drones over the Ascon Site and over the Pit F tent during this work. This could create worker and Site safety issues. We appreciate the community’s assistance by preventing drone flights over the occupied tent structure, sensitive equipment onsite, tall equipment such as cranes, and moving vehicles and workers conducting work onsite, as well as the power lines along the perimeter of Ascon.
ENTRANCE AND EXIT GATES: The community is asked to keep a safe distance from both entrance and exit gates at Ascon, and refrain from parking, walking, or standing in these areas. The exit gate on Magnolia Street may open unexpectedly for departing vehicles during Pit F demobilization. There will be a flag person at the gate when vehicles are departing through the demobilization phase of Pit F, as a public safety practice.
PEDESTRIANS: Pedestrians have been observed walking next to Ascon along Magnolia and Hamilton streets next to the concrete fence base where there currently is no sidewalk. We encourage pedestrians to use the sidewalks on the east side of Magnolia and the north side of Hamilton to avoid walking near or in front of entrance and exit gates.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Work at Ascon is being conducted under Site safety protocols regarding COVID-19 and ongoing protocols and procedures to maintain job safety. These practices apply to air quality professionals and other team members who may be outside the fence conducting work. We ask for the community’s support of these safety practices by maintaining physical distancing to allow these professionals to focus on their work and stay safe.
Have a Question or Concern?
Please contact the Ascon community information line at 714-388-1825 or email [email protected]. If there is a potential emergency, please call 911. Find information about Pit F and view telemetry air monitoring data here. Sign up for AsconAlert, an opt-in community alert system for the Ascon project here.
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