CEAC Regular Meeting Agenda – Thursday October 6, 2011

7:00 to 9:30 pm

First Floor Conference Room, 2118 Milvia Street, Berkeley

PDF Version of Agenda*

  1. Call to Order and Roll Call
  2. Action Minutes Review/Adoption: Review and adopt minutes from the meeting of 9/1/11
  3. CEAC Action Tracker:
  4. Report from the Chair:
  5. Comments from the Public (3 minute limit)
  6. Agenda Prioritization: Commissioners may request to re-arrange agenda
  7. Reports from Subcommittees and Task Force Delegates:

    a) Climate Action Plan

    b) Watershed Plan

  8. Toxics Management Division Report: TBD
  9. Discussion/Action:

    a) Adoption of September 1, 2011 Minutes 

    b) *Presentation on Arsenic and Lead in East Bay soils and potential health impacts, by Norman Ozaki, Ph.D. (Professional Profile http://www.environmentalmanagers.com/ozaki.html)

    The U.N. estimates that 15% of food for urban areas comes from urban agriculture (UA). This may double in 20 years. Natural or anthropomorphic pollution in soils can be end up in the food. One study in Connecticut…shows elevated levels of lead, arsenic, and other heavy metals in soil samples taken from 12 out of 17 community gardens. Should there be a policy for UA?

    c) Sustainable Gardening. RecycleWorks.org. http://www.recycleworks.org/compost/sustainable_gardening.html)

    d) A Rant About Urban Farming. WSU Extension – The Garden Professors. May 11, 2011. (https://sharepoint.cahnrs.wsu.edu/blogs/urbanhort/archive/2011/05/11/a-rant-about-urban-farming.aspx)

    e) Rooftop Gardening in St. Petersburg, Russia. Urban Agriculture Notes. (http://www.cityfarmer.org/russiastp.html)

    f) Use of California Human Health Screening Levels (CHHSLs) in Evaluation of Contaminated Properties. CalEPA. January 2005. (http://www.calepa.ca.gov/brownfields/documents/2005/CHHSLsGuide.pdf)

    g) Revised California Human Health Screening Levels for Lead. CA OEHHA, CalEPA. September 2009. (http://oehha.ca.gov/risk/pdf/LeadCHHSL091709.pdf)

  10. Announcements from Commissioners (3 minute limit)
  11. Communications to Commission
  12. Information Items: May be moved to action by majority vote
  13. To be distributed
  14. Next Agenda: Discussion/Action items proposed for future agenda
  15. Adjourn

* Dr, Ozaki’s presentation is time certain 7:30PM

Please note: Please be prepared to extend the meeting until 10:00PM, if needed

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Any writings or documents provided to a majority of the Commission regarding any item on this agenda will be made available for public inspection at Toxic Management Division, Planning Department located at 2118 Milvia St, 3rd Floor, 94704.

Please request information from Nabil Al-Hadithy, Secretary, at (510) 981-7460 or by email at toxics@cityofberkeley.info.

This meeting is being held in a wheelchair accessible location. To request a disability-related accommodation(s) to participate in the meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact the Disability Services specialist at 981-6346 (V) or 981-7075 (TDD) at least three business days before the meeting date.

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