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Environmental Compliance Resource Management Planning Long Beach Memorial Medical Center: Long Beach, California

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. prepared the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center 2005 Master Plan of Land Uses and supporting Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The purpose of this project was to assess the environmental consequences of the project, which consisted of a Master Plan of Land Uses and the development of six specific project elements within the approximately 54-acre LBMMC campus in the City of Long Beach, County of Los Angeles, California. The EIR analyzed the Master Plan at the programmatic level of detail and provided project-level analysis of six project elements. Two project elements, surface parking and the roadway realignment, have been completed. A third element, the Miller Children’s Hospital, is in construction and scheduled to open in 2008. The City of Long Beach served as the lead agency for the project. Key responsible agencies included the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and the California Environmental Protection Agency Department of Toxic Substances Control. Memorial Health Services, the not-for-profit operator of the hospital was the project sponsor. The remaining three elements are scheduled to be completed prior to 2015.

The 2005 Master Plan replaced the 1999 Master Plan with a Master Plan that addresses future land uses and identifies capital improvement projects, which the LBMMC wishes to accomplish by year 2012 to meet the anticipated needs of the community through the year 2020. Among these capital improvements are six specific elements, which would be constructed within a five- to eight-year planning horizon, contingent on the availability of funding: (1) surface parking, (2) temporary parking, (3) Atlantic Avenue entrance road realignment, (4) the Todd Cancer Institute, (5) the Miller Children's Hospital, and (6) Central Plant connection to the Miller Children’s Hospital by a utility tunnel.

The project team included registered environmental assessors, civil engineers, registered engineering geologist, and a transportation engineer.

The EIR analyzed the six proposed improvements and the Master Plan of Land Uses at a project level of detail. The City of Long Beach was the Lead Agency for the proposed project pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The EIR addressed the areas of controversy known to the City of Long Beach and those raised by agencies, organizations, and the public during the scoping process for the proposed project. The four primary areas of controversy consisted of concern over (1) ambient air quality from construction and operation due to the project size, (2) traffic and transportation impacts associated with implementation of the proposed project, (3) potentially contaminated soils at the propose project site due to its proximity to a landfill site, and (4) removal of existing parking to accommodate the proposed project.

The analysis undertaken in support of this EIR determined that impacts to aesthetics, cultural resources, geology and soils, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, noise, public services, and utilities and service systems can be mitigated to below the level of significance. The project was successfully completed in less than 15 months with no litigation.

Upon completion of the EIR, the project sponsor, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, retained Sapphos Environmental, Inc. to oversee implementation of the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program and demonstration of compliance with Conditions of Approval to the City of Long Beach.

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. provided input analysis and the development of mitigation measures for the LBMMC Voluntary Cleanup Agreement (VCA) negotiation with the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). This project allowed site renovation to accommodate the construction of an inpatient pediatric tower that is in close proximity to a closed landfill. The types of mitigation measures developed by Sapphos Environmental, Inc. for this project regarding hazards and hazardous materials included the proper methods to handle and dispose of asbestos-containing materials and lead-based paints; contaminated soil excavation and removal; proper abandonment of oil wells and underground storage tanks (USTs); methane barrier construction and passive vapor-venting systems; post-construction methane monitoring; and the use, storage, and transportation of hazardous materials.

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. also prepared and submitted U.S. EPA cleanup grant applications for Miller Children’s Hospital (MCH), which is located on the LBMMC campus. Sapphos Environmental, Inc. evaluated the eligibility of MCH for several grants by participating in public outreach meetings, researching available data, and soliciting input from regulatory agencies. Sapphos Environmental, Inc. completed the most appropriate grant applications that consisted of three cleanup grants, one for hazardous materials cleanup and two for petroleum cleanup, each for $200,000, in U.S. EPA funds to remediate soil contamination.

Sapphos Environmental, Inc. also provided construction-monitoring services and documentation review to implement mitigation measures in support of the excavation and mitigation monitoring required to construct the MCH Pediatric Inpatient Tower and the roadway realignment of the LBMMC. Approximately 37,000 cubic yards of material were removed during the excavation activities. Sapphos Environmental, Inc. monitored the excavation activities, which included monitoring for construction air quality, cultural resources, and hazardous material.