The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) is conducting the second Five-Year Review of the ongoing protectiveness of selected remedies for environmental impacts within the DOE areas of the Laboratory for Energy-Related Health Research (LEHR) at the University of California, Davis under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). DOE successfully completed removal actions at the DOE areas of the LEHR, which significantly reduced impacts to human health and the environment. However, residual contaminants remain at the site at concentrations that prevent unrestricted use of some areas, or that have the potential to impact groundwater quality in the future. The selected remedies for the affected DOE areas are:

  • Land-use restrictions, including a Soil Management Plan (SMP) and the prohibition of residential use in selected areas
  • Long-term groundwater monitoring
  • Contingency remediation

The purpose of the review is to ensure the CERCLA remedies remain protective of human health and the environment. The review team will study site reports, past and present monitoring and inspection data, monitoring and surveillance practices, and conduct a physical inspection of the site. In addition, interviews will be conducted with stakeholders for comments and concerns regarding remedy effectiveness and administration of the site. The review will begin in March 2020 and conclude in January 2021. A Five-Year Review report will be prepared at the conclusion of the review to document the findings and share the results with the public. The First Five-Year Review report, additional LEHR documents, and other information is available on the LM LEHR website at /lm/laboratory-energy-related-health-research-lehr-california-site.

For more information visit the website or contact:

Jeffrey Murl
LEHR Site Manager, DOE Legacy Management
(720) 880-4348 •
Luke Carleo
Public Affairs Contractor, Navarro Research & Engineering
(970) 248-6292 •