Bay Protection and Toxic Cleanup Program
Functional Equivalent Document
This document is
the amended environmental document supporting the
preparation of the amended Consolidated Toxic Hot
Spots Cleanup Plan (Consolidated Cleanup Plan).
This draft Functional Equivalent Document (FED)
explores various alternatives, provides options
and recommendations, and evaluates the environmental
impacts of the Plan.
Document Background: On October 11, 2001,
the Sacramento County Superior Court issued a writ
of mandate directing that the site-specific variances
for three Central Valley pesticide toxic hot spots
be vacated and set aside. The writ also directed
the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
(Central Valley Water Board) and the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to undertake the necessary actions to
prepare and submit to the Legislature an amended
Cleanup Plan for the pesticide toxic hot spots.
The State Water Board vacated and set aside the site-specific
variances in the Cleanup Plan on November 15, 2001.
On March 13, 2003, the Central Valley Water Board adopted draft cleanup
plans for the three pesticide toxic hot spots. After
adoption by the Central Valley Water Board, the State Water Board is required
to amend the Consolidated Hotspots Cleanup Plan
and Functional Equivalent Document.
Comments: The State Water Board will accept both written
and oral comments on the draft Cleanup Plan and
FED at the hearing. Comments must be limited to
the three draft pesticide cleanup plans and to the
draft FED. In order for the State Water Board to adequately
consider written comments prior to the hearing,
all participants are requested to submit their comments
to the State Water Board, no later than 5:00 p.m., October 28,
2003. Comments will be accepted via mail or facsimile;
however, electronic submissions via email are preferred.
Written comments should be submitted to: Chris Beegan,
Environmental Scientist, Ocean Standards Unit, Division
of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control
Board, P.O. Box 100, Sacramento, CA 95812-0100,
FAX: (916) 341-5584, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BPTCP has four goals:
(1) provide protection of present and future beneficial
uses of the bays and estuarine waters of California;
(2) identify and characterize toxic hot spots; (3) plan for toxic hot spot cleanup or other remedial
or mitigation actions; (4) develop prevention and
control strategies for toxic pollutants
The BPTCP is a comprehensive effort by the State Water Board
and the Regional Water Quality Control Boards to programmatically link environmental
monitoring and remediation planning.
Bay and Estuary Monitoring Data and Reports
The BPTCP has pioneered the use of effects-based measurements
of impacts in California's enclosed bays and estuaries.
Additional studies were performed to address several
important questions related to the evaluation of
the toxicity testing data (e.g., the San Francisco
Bay reference site study) or to evaluate bioaccumulation
of contaminants (e.g., the San Francisco Bay
fish study). The BPTCP monitoring program sampled
nearly 1,100 stations between 1992 and 1997.
The consolidated BPTCP database
includes all data generated
by the BPTCP. Before using the BPTCP data, please
be sure to view the Quality
Assurance Project Plan and
- State Water Board
Toxic Hot Spot Definition, Ranking
Criteria, Remediation Strategies
The State Water Board developed a Guidance Policy
to facilitate the consistent
development of Regional Cleanup Plans. The State Water Board
and the Regional Water Quality Control Boards used a three-step process
to develop the cleanup plans.
Toxic Hot Spots Cleanup Plans
Each Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Boards) developed proposed Regional Toxic
Hot Spots Cleanup Plans in
1997. Subsequent to approval of the State Water Resources Control Board Guidance
Policy, the Regional Boards redeveloped their Cleanup Plans.
Each Regional Board completed a revised Regional Cleanup Plan.
Toxic Hot Spot Cleanup Plan
Consolidated Cleanup Plan consists of the consolidated
list of toxic hot spots and mandated findings (Volume I) and the Regional Cleanup
II) . The
Consolidated Plan includes: (1) a priority listing
of all known toxic hot spots; (2) a description
of each toxic hot spot including a characterization
of the pollutants present at the site; (3) an
assessment of the most likely source or sources
of pollutants; (4) an estimate of the total costs
to implement the plan; (5) an estimate of the
costs that can be recovered from parties responsible
for the discharge of pollutants; (6) a preliminary
assessment of the actions required to remedy or
restore the toxic hot spots; and (7) two-year
expenditure schedules identifying funds needed
to implement the plan. The development of the
Consolidated Cleanup Plan was accompanied by a functional equivalent
and External Review
Three committees supported
or reviewed the activities of the BPTCP: (1) the
Monitoring and Surveillance Task Force, (2) the
BPTCP Advisory Committee, and (3) the Scientific
Planning and Review Committee.
- More Information
A variety of scientific reports, staff reports and
other publications are available.