Site Assessment

  • John F. Kennedy High School Comprehensive Modernization Project

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Preliminary Environmental Assessment-Equivalent (PEA-E) for the Comprehensive Modernization (Comp Mod) Project at John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, California. The PEA-E report presents the findings of environmental investigations performed and recommended the removal and proper off-site disposal of 3.75 tons or approximately 3 cubic yards of soil at one location containing elevated concentrations of lead and 4,4-DDE. The soil was removed, replaced with certified-clean soil, and then transported to a licensed disposal facility in April 2019. A public meeting to review the CEQA findings and PEA-E site assessment activities at the site will be held on November 14, 2019. The comment period for the CEQA findings and PEA-E site assessment activities is from November 1, 2019 through December 2, 2019. Documentation of the soil removal activities is included in a separate Soil Excavation Tech Memorandum. No further action for soil is currently warranted.

      

    David Starr Jordan High School - Northern Portion

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Draft Remedial Action Workplan (RAW) Report for the Northern Portion of David Starr Jordan High School Project in Los Angeles, California. The Draft RAW presents the findings of environmental investigations performed around the northern portion of the school and recommended the limited removal and proper off-site disposal of approximately 3,160 cubic yards of soil at multiple locations demonstrating elevated concentrations of arsenic, lead, total petroleum hydrocarbons as diesel (TPHd). The soil will be removed and transported to a licensed disposal facility during construction activities for the removal of existing old tennis courts, basketball courts and softball field and replacement with four (4) new tennis courts, two (2) new volleyball courts, and two (2) new futsal courts. Certified clean imported soil will then be placed as backfill into the excavation areas. A public meeting and comment period will be held for the construction of the new courts and softball field and the soil removal activities on May 23, 2019.

     

     Reseda High School Comprehensive Modernization Project

    A Preliminary Environmental Assessment Equivalent (PEA-E) was conducted on Reseda High School as part of the Major Comprehensive Modernization (Comp Mod) effort at the school site. The PEA-E focused on the environmental concerns identified in the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and the development zones identified for the high school. The PEA-E consisted of soil and soil vapor sampling and the results demonstrated shallow lead and/or arsenic affected soil around the perimeter of the buildings that will be demolished as well as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in vapor phase beneath the former Industrial Arts Building. A total of 266 cubic yards of lead/arsenic affected shallow soil was quantified and will be removed prior to demolition during the Removal Action Workplan (RAW) process. VOCs beneath the former Industrial Arts building will be remediated after demolition. Impacted soils and soil vapor areas are currently covered by asphalt/concrete and pose no risk to students or staff.

     

    92nd Street Elementary School Comprehensive Modernization Project

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Preliminary Environmental Assessment-Equivalent report (PEA-E) for the Comprehensive Modernization Project at 92nd Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, California. The PEA-E presents the findings of the environmental investigations performed at the Site. The findings show that arsenic affected soil was identified at three (3) shallow locations under asphalt pavement. Since the 3 arsenic affected soil areas are under asphalt, there is no student or staff exposure to the soil. The total estimated arsenic affected soil was 49.3 cubic yards and a Removal Action Workplan is recommended. Any comments on the draft PEA-E are to be submitted as part of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process to ceqa-comments@lausd.net.

      

    Ascot Avenue Elementary School Comprehensive Modernization Project 

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Preliminary Environmental Assessment-Equivalent report (PEA-E) for the Comprehensive Modernization Project at Ascot Elementary School in Los Angeles, California. The PEA-E presents the findings of environmental investigations performed at the Site. This includes sampling for chemicals included as part of South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 1466 Control of Particulate Emissions from Soils with Toxic Air Contaminants. All soil analytical results were either below detection or regulatory screening levels except for lead. An estimated 2,000 cubic yards of soil with lead at levels that make it a hazardous waste in the state of California were identified. There is no immediate health risk because the lead-affected soil is below asphalt pavement and will only be removed during school closure as part of the planned construction activities. The PEA-E report also includes details on the proper excavation and off-site disposal of the lead-affected soil. Once the soil has been taken out a Removal Action Completion Report will be created.

     

    McKinley Avenue Elementary School Comprehensive Modernization Project

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Preliminary Environmental Assessment-Equivalent report (PEA-E) for the Comprehensive Modernization Project at McKinley Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, California.  The PEA-E presents the findings of environmental investigations performed at the Site. This includes sampling for chemicals included as part of South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule 1466 Control of Particulate Emissions from Soils with Toxic Air Contaminants. Individual and/or site-wide shallow soil analytical results were either below detection or regulatory screening levels. Based on the findings of the PEA-E report, LAUSD recommends that No Further Action is warranted for the site. 

     

    156th Street Elementary School 

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Draft Removal Action Workplan (RAW) for the DOH Removal and Replacement Project at 156th Street Elementary School in Gardena, California. The RAW summarizes the results of the environmental investigations performed at the school, identifies the soil impacted areas and volume, and provides the procedures and requirements for the removal and lawful off-site disposal of approximately 1,040 cubic yards of arsenic-affected soil. There is no immediate health risk because the arsenic-affected soil is below asphalt pavement and will only be removed during school closure as part of the planned construction activities at the school. The RAW is posted for public review and comment from May 1 to May 31, 2018.

     
     
    John Burroughs Middle School

    A Preliminary Environmental Assessment Equivalent (PEA-E) was conducted on the John Burroughs Middle School as part of the Major Comprehensive Modernization (Comp Mod) effort at the school site. The PEA-E focused on the environmental concerns identified in the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and the development zones identified for the high school. The PEA-E consisted of soil and soil vapor/methane sampling and the results demonstrated shallow lead and/or arsenic affected soil around the perimeter of the buildings that will be demolished. A total of 160 cubic yards of lead/arsenic affected shallow soil was quantified and will be removed prior to demolition during the Removal Action Workplan (RAW) process. Impacted soils are currently covered by asphalt/concrete and pose no risk to students or staff.

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Removal Action Workplan report (RAW) for the Comp Mod at Burroughs Middle School in Los Angeles, California. The RAW presents the findings of PEA-E performed in support of the Comp Mod Project. The removal and proper off-site disposal of approximately 160 cubic yards of soil containing elevated levels of arsenic and lead is detailed in the RAW. The RAW is anticipated to take place in phases beginning in the fall of 2020. A public meeting and comment period were held for the RAW in February 2018. Any comments received during the comment period were addressed in the RAW. There is no immediate health risk because the arsenic and lead impacted soil is currently covered with asphalt.

     

    North Hollywood High School

    A Preliminary Environmental Assessment (PEA) was conducted on the North Hollywood High School as part of the Major Comprehensive Modernization effort at the school site. The PEA focused on the environmental concerns identified in the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and the development zones identified for the high school. The PEA consisted of soil and soil vapor sampling and the results demonstrated shallow lead and/or arsenic affected soil around the perimeter of the buildings that will be demolished. A total of 71 cubic yards or lead/arsenic affected shallow soil was quantified and this contaminated soil will be removed during the Removal Action Workplan (RAW) process.

     The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Draft Removal Action Workplan (RAW) for the Major Comprehensive Modernization Project at North Hollywood High School. The RAW summarizes the results of the environmental investigations performed at the school, identifies the soil impacted areas and volume, and provides the procedures and requirements for the removal and lawful off-site disposal of approximately 72 cubic yards of soil containing elevated lead and arsenic. There is no direct exposure to the impacted soil since detected arsenic and lead concentrations are below soil surface, under landscape or grass, or below pavement. The RAW is posted for public review and comment from May 1 to May 31, 2018.

     

    Francis Polytechnic High School

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Preliminary Environmental Assessment-Equivalent (PEA-E) Report for the Comprehensive Modernization (Comp Mod) Project at Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, California. The PEA-E presents the findings of environmental investigations performed and recommended the removal and proper off-site disposal of 7.35 tons or approximately 11 cubic yards of soil at two locations demonstrating elevated concentrations of lead. The soil was removed, replaced with certified-clean soil, and then transported to a licensed disposal facility in July 2017. A public meeting and comment period were held for the final design of the project and the PEA-E activities at the end of November and beginning of December 2017. Documentation of the soil removal activities is included in the Final PEA report. No further action for soil is warranted.

     

    Theodore Roosevelt High School

    A Preliminary Environmental Assessment Equivalent (PEA-E) was conducted on the Theodore Roosevelt High School as part of the Major Comprehensive Modernization (Comp Mod) effort at the school site. The PEA-E focused on the environmental concerns identified in the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). The PEA-E consisted of soil and soil vapor/methane sampling and the results demonstrated shallow petroleum hydrocarbons, lead and/or arsenic affected soil around the perimeter of the buildings that will be demolished and other areas in the campus development area. A total of 7,019 cubic yards of lead/arsenic/petroleum hydrocarbon affected shallow soil was quantified will be removed prior to demolition during the Removal Action Workplan (RAW) process. Impacted soils are currently covered by asphalt/concrete and pose no risk to students or staff.

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Removal Action Workplan report (RAW) for the Comp Mod at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles, California. The RAW presents the findings of the PEA-E performed in support of the Comp Mod Project. The removal and proper off-site disposal of approximately 7,019 cubic yards of soil containing elevated levels of arsenic, lead, and petroleum hydrocarbons is detailed in the RAW. The RAW is anticipated to take place in phases beginning in the summer of 2018. Any comments received during the comment period were addressed in the RAW. Impacted soils are currently covered by asphalt/concrete and pose no risk to students or staff.

     

    Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES)

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Preliminary Environmental Assessment-Equivalent (PEA-E) Report for the Comprehensive Modernization (Comp Mod) Project at Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES) in Reseda, California. The PEA-E presents the findings of environmental investigations performed and recommended the removal and proper off-site disposal of soil demonstrating elevated concentrations of lead and arsenic in and around the paved playground area and areas between a few of the buildings. A total of 1,190 cubic yards of lead/arsenic affected shallow soil was quantified and will be removed during the Remedial Action Workplan (RAW) process. Impacted soils are currently covered by asphalt and pose no risk to students and staff.

    A Remedial Action Workplan (RAW) was completed to describe the general procedures for the removal and proper off-site disposal of approximately 1,190 cubic yards of soil at three locations during construction activities for the Comprehensive Modernization Project. The RAW is anticipated to take place in phases beginning in the Summer of 2018. A public meeting and comment period were held for the final project design, PEA-E activities and RAW at the end of October and beginning of November 2017. Any comments received during the comment period were addressed in the RAW. There are no immediate health risks because the arsenic and lead impacted soil is currently covered with asphalt.

     

    Ulysses S. Grant High School

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Preliminary Environmental Assessment-Equivalent (PEA-E) Report for the Comprehensive Modernization (Comp Mod) Project at Grant High School in Van Nuys, California. The PEA-E presents the findings of environmental investigations performed and recommended the removal and proper off-site disposal of 22.57 tons or approximately 33.8 cubic yards of soil at three locations around the greenhouse area demonstrating elevated concentrations of lead and arsenic. The soil was removed, replaced with certified-clean soil, and then transported to a licensed disposal facility in August 2017. A public meeting and comment period were held for the final design and PEA-E activities for the project during late October and early November 2017. Documentation of the soil removal activities is included in the Final PEA report. No Further Action for the soil is warranted.

    A Remedial Action Workplan (RAW) was completed to describe the general procedures for the removal of three clarifiers and three hydraulic auto lifts during the planned demolition of on-site buildings during the Comprehensive Modernization Project. A public meeting and comment period were held for the final design and PEA-E activities for the project during late October and early November 2017. Any comments received during the comment period were incorporated into the RAW.

     

    San Pedro High School 

    A Preliminary Environmental Assessment Equivalent (PEA-E) was conducted on the San Pedro High School as part of the Major Comprehensive Modernization (Comp Mod) effort at the school site. The PEA-E focused on the environmental concerns identified in the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). The PEA-E consisted of soil and soil vapor/radon sampling and the results demonstrated shallow arsenic, lead, chlordane and dieldrin affected soil around the perimeter of the buildings that will be demolished and other areas in the campus development area. A total of 226 cubic yards of lead/arsenic/pesticide affected shallow soil was quantified and will be removed prior to demolition during the Removal Action Workplan (RAW) process. Impacted soils are currently covered by asphalt/concrete and pose no risk to students or staff.

     The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Removal Action Workplan report (RAW) for the Comp Mod at San Pedro High School in San Pedro, California. The RAW presents the findings of the PEA-E performed in support of the Comp Mod Project. The removal and proper off-site disposal of approximately 226 cubic yards of soil containing elevated levels of arsenic, lead, chlordane and dieldrin and is detailed in the RAW. The RAW is anticipated to take place in phases beginning in the winter of 2020. Any comments received during the comment periodwere addressed in the RAW. There is no immediate health risk because the arsenic, lead, or pesticide impacted soil is currently covered with asphalt.

     

     Cleveland Charter High School, Comprehensive Modernization Project

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Preliminary Environmental Assessment-Equivalent (PEA-E) Report for the Comprehensive Modernization (Comp Mod) Project at Cleveland Charter High School in Reseda, California. The PEA-E presents the findings of environmental investigations performed and recommends the removal and proper off-site disposal of approximately 10.4 cubic yards of soil at 6 locations demonstrating elevated concentrations of lead, arsenic, or volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The soil was removed, replaced with certified-clean soil, and then transported to a licensed disposal facility in April 2017. A Technical Memorandum of the soil removal activities has been prepared.

     

    Huntington Park High School

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Removal Action Workplan report (RAW) for the Comprehensive Modernization Project (Comp Mod) at Huntington Park High School in Los Angeles, California.  The RAW presents the findings of environmental investigations performed in support of the Comprehensive Modernization Project. The removal and proper off-site disposal of approximately 117 cubic yards of soil containing elevated levels of arsenic, lead, and/or chlordane is detailed in the RAW. There is no immediate health risk because the arsenic-, lead-, and/or chlordane-impacted soil is currently covered with asphalt.  

     

     
    Thomas Jefferson High School

    A Preliminary Environmental Assessment Equivalent (PEA-E) was conducted on the Thomas Jefferson High School as part of the Major Comprehensive Modernization (Comp Mod) effort at the school site. The PEA-E focused on the environmental concerns identified in the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). The PEA-E consisted of soil and soil vapor sampling and the results demonstrated shallow arsenic, lead, and organochlorine pesticide affected soil around the perimeter of the buildings that will be demolished and other areas in the campus development area. A total of 229 cubic yards of lead/arsenic/pesticide affected shallow soil was quantified and soil will be removed prior to demolition during the Removal Action Workplan (RAW) process. Impacted soils are currently covered by asphalt/concrete and pose no risk to students or staff.

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Removal Action Workplan report (RAW) for the Comp Mod at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles, California. The RAW presents the findings of the PEA-E performed in support of the Comp Mod Project. The removal and proper off-site disposal of approximately 229 cubic yards of soil containing elevated levels of arsenic, lead, and organochlorine pesticides is detailed in the RAW. The RAW is anticipated to take place in phases beginning in the spring of 2022. Any comments received during the comments period were addressed in the RAW. There is no immediate health risk because the arsenic, lead and pesticide impacted soil is currently covered with asphalt.

     
     Venice High School
     

    A Preliminary Environmental Assessment Equivalent (PEA-E) was conducted on the Venice High School as part of the Major Comprehensive Modernization (Comp Mod) effort at the school site. The PEA-E focused on the environmental concerns identified in the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). The PEA-E consisted of soil and soil vapor sampling and the results demonstrated shallow arsenic and lead affected soil around the perimeter of the buildings that will be demolished and other areas in the campus development area. A total of 173.9 cubic yards of lead/arsenic affected shallow soil was quantified and will be removed prior to demolition during the Removal Action Workplan (RAW) process. Impacted soils are currently covered by asphalt/concrete and pose no risk to students or staff..  

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Removal Action Workplan report (RAW) for the Comp Mod at Venice High School in Venice, California. The RAW presents the findings of the PEA-E performed in support of the Comp Mod Project. The removal and proper off-site disposal of approximately 173.9 cubic yards of soil containing elevated levels of arsenic and lead is detailed in the RAW. The RAW is anticipated to take place in phases beginning in the summer of 2018. Any comments received during the comment period were addressed in the RAW. There is no immediate health risk because the arsenic and lead impacted soil is currently covered with asphalt.

     

    Venice High School Seismic Modernization Project Lunch Shelter RAW

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Removal Action Workplan report (RAW) for the new Lunch Shelter Project at Venice High School in Venice, California. The RAW presents the findings of the PEA-E performed in support of the new Lunch Shelter Project. The removal and proper off-site disposal of approximately 71 cubic yards of soil containing elevated levels of arsenic is detailed in the RAW. The RAW was conducted in the summer of 2017. Any comments received during the comment period were addressed in the RAW. 

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Removal Action Completion Report (RACR) for the new Lunch Shelter Project at Venice High School in Venice, California. The RACR presents how the RAW was performed in support of the new Lunch Shelter Project. The removal and proper off-site disposal of approximately 71 cubic yards of soil containing elevated levels of arsenic is detailed in the RACR. The RAW was conducted in the summer of 2017.

     
     

    Huntington Park High School Comprehensive Modernization Project

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Draft Preliminary Environmental Assessment-Equivalent report (PEA-E) for the Modernization Project at Huntington Park High School in Los Angeles, California.  The PEA-E presents the findings of environmental investigations performed, and recommends the removal and proper off-site disposal of approximately 116.7 cubic yards of soil containing elevated levels of arsenic, lead, and organochlorine pesticides. There is no immediate health risk because the arsenic, lead and organochlorine pesticide impacted soil is currently covered with asphalt.  

    • Public Comment Period -March 1, 2017 to March 30, 2017 (Completed)
     

     

    93rd Street Elementary School, Food Services Upgrade Project
     
    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) completed a Preliminary Environmental Assessment-Equivalent report (PEA-E) for the Food Services Upgrade Project at 93rd Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, California. The PEA-E presents the findings of environmental investigations performed and recommended removal of six cubic yards of soil containing elevated levels of lead and 120 cubic yards of soil containing elevated levels of arsenic.  At the time of the investigation both areas were covered with asphalt.  The soil was removed and taken to a properly licensed facility off-site in July 2016. A Soil Removal Report has been generated documenting these activities.
     

    Colfax Charter Elementary School, Classroom Addition Project

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Preliminary Environmental Assessment-Equivalent (PEA-E) Report for the Classroom Addition Project at Colfax Charter Elementary School in Valley Village, California. The PEA-E report presents the findings of environmental investigations performed at the site. Shallow soil analytical results for organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), lead, arsenic, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at the site were either below detection or below regulatory screening levels. Based on the finding of the PEA-E report, LAUSD recommends that No Further Action is warranted for the site.

     

    Colfax Charter Elementary School, Classroom Addition Project (Updated 4/2/2019)

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Supplemental Site Investigation Report for the Comprehensive Modernization (Comp Mod) Project at Colfax Charter Elementary School in Valley Village, California. The SSI presents the findings of environmental investigations performed around the perimeter of the school and recommended the removal and proper off-site disposal of 91 tons or approximately 65 cubic yards of soil at four locations demonstrating elevated concentrations of arsenic, lead, total petroleum hydrocarbons as diesel (TPHd), and OCP’. The soil will be removed, replaced with certified-clean soil, and then transported to a licensed disposal facility during perimeter construction activities. A public meeting and comment period will be held for the Classroom Addition Project and campus improvement activities on April 11, 2019.

     
    Crenshaw High School, Modernization Project 
     
    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has completed a Preliminary Environmental Assessment-Equivalent report (PEA-E) for the Modernization Project at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, California.  The PEA-E presents the findings of environmental investigations performed, documents the removal and proper off-site disposal of less than one cubic yard of soil with elevated concentrations of arsenic, and recommends the removal and proper off-site of approximately 525 cubic yards of soil containing elevated levels of arsenic. There is no immediate health risk because the contamination is currently covered with asphalt.   
    • Public Comment Period - April 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016 (Completed)
     
     
    Foshay Learning Center, Seismic Modernization Project
     
     
    The Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) has completed a Preliminary Environmental Assessment-Equivalent (PEA-E) for the Seismic Modernization project within the Foshay Learning Center in Los Angeles, California.  The PEA-E presents the findings of environmental investigations performed and documents the removal and off‐site disposal of approximately 80 tons of soil with elevated concentrations of arsenic and lead. During future construction (currently scheduled for Spring 2017) approximately one additional cubic yard of soil containing elevated concentrations of lead is to be removed and properly disposed of off-site.  No risk currently exists as this area is currently and will remain covered with asphalt pavement until the construction begins. 
     
     
     
     
    Jordan High School Bleacher Replacement Project
     
     
    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Removal Action Workplan (RAW) to remove lead and arsenic impacted soil as part of a Bleacher Replacement Project at the David Starr Jordan High School in Los Angeles, California.  The RAW proposes excavation of up to 3,600 cubic yards of soil and an Institutional Control to address the lead and arsenic impacted soil. There is no immediate health risk because the contamination is found at depth (greater than 6 inches) and/or is not currently accessible due to surface features (i.e. asphalt).  The removal action is currently scheduled to begin in June 2016.