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September 3, 2009
Curtis Park Village won't be a "toxic time bomb"
A Monday debate on Capital Public Radio's "Insight" program about proposed development plans for Curtis Park Village really caught the attention of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Officials took issue with some of the points made on the show.

During the debate on the development concept between Sacramento developer Paul Petrovich and Rosanna Herber, president of the Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association, Herber raised concerns about Petrovich's plan to bury some of  the old railyard site's toxic soils beneath a park planned for the development.

She said specifically, "There haven't been a lot of areas that have used this technology. There's only one in existence longer than five years.....It's a toxic time bomb that's waiting to go off."

Thursday, a team from DTSC called to have its say on the technology - and to state there will be no toxic time bomb at the site.

Ray Leclerc, assistant deputy director for the state's site cleanup program, said Thursday, "Leaving residuals (some toxic dirt) in place at these contaminated sites is a common part of most cleanups, especially in more urban areas. It's common in Southern California and even in Sacramento."

The team was quick to point out that it has received no specific plan yet from Petrovich about what he plans to do with the park. The point was that it has been done before, has been done for at least 20 years in California. The Petrovich plan for the park site, said DTSC project manager Fernando Amador, is expected later this year. The specifics will be made public reviewed and open to public comment before a DTSC technical team makes a final decision.

But bottom line, they said, this is not new, unproven technology that will unduly threaten nearby neighborhoods of the Curtis Park Village proposed development.

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