WaterBriefs: Rhodia marks environmental milestones as Bay area project nearly done

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-- Texas' Trinity River Authority retains funds to repair of Lake Livingston Dam
-- Hampton Roads Sanitation District picks Datastream 7i to manage wastewater system
-- Pentair names Durant to senior vice president of finance, analysis
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-- San Jose Water Co. withdraws timber harvest plan to complete fire study
-- LADWP moves to accelerate renewable energy goal to 20% by 2010
-- Seattle-based 3TIER Environmental Forecast Group announces operational expansion

Rhodia marks Bay area environmental milestones -- Peyton Slough re-alignment project nears completion -- MARTINEZ, CA, Dec. 22, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- One of San Francisco Bay's longstanding toxic "hot spots" left over from a bygone industrial era has been eliminated, and restoration of the surrounding wetlands has begun, as part of the multi-year Peyton Slough remediation and re-alignment project.

The Peyton Slough drains a marsh system and watershed surrounded by refineries, industrial terminals and a Rhodia Inc. manufacturing plant.

The project is one of the largest public/private, cooperative partnerships in state history, led by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board. The project included participation by other government agencies, companies, environmental groups and interested individuals.

The environmental milestones highlighted the recent completion of the second construction season for Rhodia's Peyton Slough program, adjacent to the company's Mococo Road chemical plant. Rhodia had no role in creating the environmental issues in the Slough, but continues to meet its obligation as property owner to address the site's environmental legacy.

The project's comprehensive planning and oversight process comprised meticulous engineering and environmental studies, numerous public hearings and closely-monitored construction. Construction activities remain for next year's construction season after which a comprehensive environmental monitoring program will be launched to track the restoration.

Over the last five years, the Regional Water Quality Control Board has led nearly two-dozen government and regulatory agencies, environmental groups and interested individuals who partnered with Rhodia, its environmental consultant, URS Corp. of Oakland, and its construction contractor, The Dutra Group of San Rafael, to address the pollution source and improve the wetlands.

Activities performed through the 2005 construction season include:
-- A re-aligned Peyton Slough channel, more than a mile long, has been opened to flow, with curved banks, in clean soil, with more than a half-mile of associated tributaries that are expected to attract shore birds to the enhanced wetlands now covering more than 200 acres.
-- Side cast dredge material along the banks of the old slough was removed and backfilled to marsh plain elevation to provide an expanded and contiguous wetland habitat.
-- The old slough containing sediments with copper and zinc, from long-discontinued smelting operations, was capped in place to isolate the sediments and prevent them from impacting the Carquinez Strait that leads to San Francisco Bay.
-- The re-aligned Peyton Slough began to drain upstream wetlands, while allowing potential tidal flow of salt water in the wetland ecosystem. A new tide gate now allows better management of freshwater and tidal flows.
-- During all construction activities, sensitive species were protected or temporarily relocated, and their populations monitored. After the completion of construction, the habitat will be monitored to document the effectiveness of the restoration project.
-- Adjacent infrastructure, including underground pipelines, railroad tracks and roads were preserved, protected or rebuilt, depending on their planned or potential impact on the wetlands.

The overall Peyton Slough remediation plan targets, among other things, copper and zinc contamination in the Slough that dates back a century ago to long-discontinued ore handling and copper smelting operations. Adjacent to the project site, Rhodia continues to operate a sulfuric acid regeneration plant, a completely different type of operation, that began in 1970 after its predecessor company purchased the property in 1968.

"This project has been unique in so many ways," explains Mary Brown, Rhodia's project manager. "From the cooperative engagement of the public and private sectors, to the challenges of this ecosystem, the Peyton Slough success demonstrates that significant environmental progress can be made when diverse groups approach a common goal. Rhodia is proud to share in this accomplishment and we acknowledge the many technical and public policy goals advanced by our partners along the way."

Pete Jurichko, Rhodia's Martinez plant manager, cited another unique attribute of the project: "Peyton Slough proves that environmental priorities can be well-served, even in the midst of a major petrochemical industrial complex. Years ago, doubters might have described the Peyton Slough remediation as an impossible dream. Today it's a reality."

The Regional Water Quality Control Board served as the lead regulatory agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and actively participated in the development and oversight of the project.

The other participating agencies included the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the California State Lands Commission, the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other local, regional and statewide agencies.

Rhodia is a global specialty chemicals company recognized for its strong technology positions in applications chemistry, specialty materials & services and fine chemicals. Partnering with major players in the automotive, electronics, fibers, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, consumer care, tires and paints & coatings markets, Rhodia offers tailor-made solutions combining original molecules and technologies to respond to customers' needs. Rhodia subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development communicating its commitments and performance openly with stakeholders. Rhodia generated net sales of EUR 5.3 billion in 2004 ($7.2 billion using the Dec. 31, 2004 USD/Euro exchange rate of 1.3621) and employs 20,000 people worldwide.

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