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Monthly Archives: January 2018

  • 8 Recent Items Added to the Ca UST Fund

    UST Fund News from CORE Environmental

    INFORMATION HEARD FROM THOSE WHO DEAL WITH THE FUND Eight Recent Items as to the California UST Fund

    No. 1 –  The Fund’s Payment Unit recently hired two payments analysts and a manager, and it expects to hire two additional payments analysts next year. The Fund also has four engineering geologists coming onboard as well.

    No. 2 –  The Fund’s estimated revenue for the 2017/2018 fiscal year is about $330 million with $185 million allocated for reimbursement, with 20% earmarked for Class D claimants. This is an increase from last year and it is because the Fund is “activating more Letters of Commitment” (“LOCs”).

    No. 3 –  The Fund is now reviewing Budget change requests (“BCRs”) for the fiscal year 2017-2018 (“FY 17/18”). The Fund estimates review should take 60 to 90 days, and if a claimant does not receive a response in 30 days, it should contact the Fund through the correct Fund “mailbox,” here is the email - USTCleanUpFund.

    No. 4 –  Claimants should submit Project Execution Plans (“PEPs”) with their BCRs. However, the Fund admits that it is “just not there yet” in having the PEP process replace BCRs. So for now use the two processes in tandem.

    No. 5 –  The Fund is working through February and March 2017 reimbursement requests (“RRs”). The Fund reports that one of its “time sinks” is the first RR, in other words, RR #1. CORE Environmental, Inc. (a nonprofit advocate for cleanups) has suggested a dedicated channel at the Fund that would review only first RRs. The Fund staff seem very receptive to the idea.

    No. 6 –  The School Districts Account is “in good shape.” No new money is scheduled to be added to this account in FY17/18.

    No. 7 –  As for the Commingled Plume Account Program, the Fund says claimants need to submit their PEPs as soon as possible, or there may be no funding available.

    No. 8 –  Legislative Update relevant to the Fund: At the end of the 2017 legislative year, SB 5 (De Leon) passed both the State Senate and the State Assembly, designating $370 million to clean up sources of drinking water, among other things. However, SB 623 (Monning), the bill for a “water fee” to clean up shallow groundwater to protect small drinking water systems and wells, passed the Senate, but not the Assembly (so it will be ad-dressed in 2018).

    September 19, 2017

    Purposes of CORE

    • Create & support solutions to funding necessary for groundwater investigation and remediation
    • Encourage site closures based on sound science
    • Provide accurate information and knowledge

    For more information visit: Core Environmental's Website

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  • New Groundwater Sustainability Requirements - CA

    Tools for New Groundwater Sustainability Agency’s (GSA)

    In accordance with guidelines created under the Sustainability Groundwater Management Act each groundwater basin in the State will have an Agency (GSA) dedicated to to acquiring and reporting specific groundwater data and parameters for each well. For more specifics on Sustainable Groundwater Management, you can visit the CA Dept of Water Resources.

    EnviroTech is a Company that provides products and instrumentation for acquiring that data, including the tools needed to satisfy many GSA requirements. This series is dedicated to the primary tools any GSA will need.

    To start all wells will need to be measured for depth and possibly datalogged. Here are two tools of the trade.

    1) Water Level Meters

    There are a host of meters to choose from but it can be assumed a GSA will require a water level meter with depth. Here is the most cost effective and efficient of all the brands available. Other excellent brands can be obtained through our website or catalog.

    Featured Product: Coaxial Cable Water Level Meter
    The Solinst Model 102 Water Level Meter is designed to measure groundwater levels, especially in small diameter (pumping ports) and deep wells. It is light and portable. The P10 Probe is recommended to provide enough weight in deeper wells. This is the go-to tool for GSA work.

    2) Leveloggers

    Also know as dataloggers or transducers, these tools will measure rising and falling water levels in a well over time at pre-programmed intervals.

    Featured Product: The Solinst Levelogger Junior Edge is an excellent cost savings way of collecting data from shallow environments. All you need is basic communication package then drop down a well, retrieve then download the data.

    If you have specific questions regarding any of these products or need help choosing the right tool for the job, don't hesitate to contact us.

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