59th Street Corporation Yard Demolition and Remediation Project

We’re proposing installation of a full-scale soil vapor extraction (SVE) system to remediate volatile organic compound (VOC)-impacted soil gas at SMUD’s 1708 59th Street property in East Sacramento. This project would include building demolition, installation and operation of the SVE system, and excavation and disposal of contaminated soil. Work is scheduled to begin in 2022 and continue for approximately three to four years.

Project benefits

Remediating the site and disposing of contaminated soil helps ensure human health and the environment are protected. All remediation activities would require approval from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) prior to implementation and adhere to acceptable risk and exposure levels as determined by DTSC.

Environmental impacts

The draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (Draft IS/MND) analyzes the potential environmental effects associated with the proposed project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In compliance with the CEQA Guidelines, we’ve prepared this Notice of Intent (NOI) to provide responsible agencies and other interested parties with written notice of the availability of the Draft IS/MND, and to invite comments and concerns regarding environmental issues associated with the proposed project.

Timing and location

The 59th Street Corporation Yard Demolition and Remediation Project is in East Sacramento, at SMUD’s 1708 59th Street property. It’s bordered by residential development to the west, commercial development to the north, a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) laboratory to the east across 59th Street, and U.S. Highway 50 (US 50) to the south. The site is bisected by a Sacramento Regional Transit District light rail line.

59th street demo project map

The project is expected to begin in summer 2022 and continue for approximately three to four years.

Frequently asked questions

What’s involved in the 59th Street Corporation Yard Demolition and Remediation Project?

SMUD is proposing the installation of a full-scale soil vapor extraction (SVE) system to remediate volatile organic compound (VOC)-impacted soil gas. Excavation and disposal of contaminated soil will also occur. To access the contaminated soil, multiple buildings would require demolition. 

Why are some residents receiving a Notice of Intent for the 59th Street Corporation Yard Demolition and Remediation Project?

Customers who live within 500 feet of the 59th Street Corporation Yard Demolition and Remediation Project will receive a letter from SMUD explaining the environmental process and where to find more information.

There is a 30-day public comment period that begins on January 18,2022 and extends through February 16, 2022.

What construction impacts can you anticipate?

We anticipate traffic, noise and other impacts while the work is underway. If activities might significantly impact an area, we will communicate special updates to affected residents.

If you have a critical need for electricity for medical or other reasons, we recommend you have a back-up plan for an outage in your neighborhood.

How will we keep you updated?

We’re committed to keeping the community informed while this work is being performed. We’re happy to meet with any person or group to discuss the project. In addition, we will update our website regularly with schedule information, construction impacts and progress updates. 

If you have questions, please contact Rob Ferrera by email or at 1-916-732-6676.

When is the public meeting for the 59th Street Corporation Yard Demolition and Remediation Project?

Information on the IS/MND will be presented to the SMUD ERCS Committee on April 20th, and the Board will make a decision on whether to adopt the IS/MND for the project on April 21st.  Please go to the Board meetings (smud.org) website for more information if you would like to attend either of these meetings.

An online public meeting will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2022, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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