CPI : Risk Assessment Report & Possible Zoning Strategies
October 6: The Palo Alto City Council will review and discuss the the AECOM consultant’s Risk Assessment for Storing and Handling Hazardous Materials at Communications & Power Industries, LLC (CPI), 607‐811 Hansen Way, and supplemental materials, including an analysis of possible zoning strategies to establish adequate separation between plating shop uses and residences.
Staff Report: • CPI Risk Assessment Report and Zoning Direction
Consultant Report and other Attachments:• Consultant Report and Attachment
From the Staff Report: Recommended Motion
“Direct staff to prepare a draft ordinance for review by the Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) and consideration by the City Council in early 2015. The ordinance should amend the list of uses in the zoning code to explicitly identify plating shops, prohibit plating shop uses within a specific distance of residential uses and residential zoning districts, and incorporate an amortization schedule based on updated information on the value of affected investments.”
October 2: City staff and consultants will be available to answer questions about the Risk Assessment and the staff report at a pre‐meeting scheduled for October 2, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Barron Park Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 800 Barron Avenue.
Thursday, Feb. 20th at 6:00 PM
Creekside Inn; Top Floor Tower Room
Presentation of Risk Assessment
By the City’s Consultant
Please attend this Important Meeting
- A series of spills and releases of toxic materials starting in 2006 alerted Chimalus residents that large quantities of cyanides, acids, and other extremely hazardous materials are used on a daily basis right behind our homes.
- CPI maintains a plating shop on the second floor of Building 2. This is particularly dangerous in an earthquake environment.
- CPI was allowed to vastly increase the amounts of hazardous materials on this site without any notice to the neighborhood or any public review.
- The City of Palo Alto ordered a study of the toxics, possible amortization, and zoning updates that was to have been completed by December of 2012. Now, over a year later, the report will be presented.
What can WE do? What can the City do?
- Hazardous Materials and Plating Shops should not be near families and children. Safety requires Distance between toxics and people.
- We, the residents, MUST DEMAND Zoning Changes – Amortize the CPI Plating Shop – Move it AWAY from our homes!
- Fire Department oversight is NOT ENOUGH: Accidents and unexpected events occur.
Residents have followed this for 8 long years – since the nitric acid fume release in February 2006. Here is the timeline of events and actions. Click for a clearer, enlarged view.
As evidenced by this picture, taken August 7th, water is back in the upstream section of the Creek alongside Bol Park, but the surface is dry by the time the Creek passes under the Tippawingo bridge.
The flow of water in Matadero Creek normally falls off during the summer months as runoff from rains up in the hills vanishes and natural springs dry up. Yet, in recent years, as Matadero Creek winds its way through the Barron Park neighborhood, water flow has been visible even during the summer months.
This year the water level has been particularly low. On top of this, several residents reported a sudden, overnight drop in the water level at the end of June. So, the questions are: Â in these dry months, why is there any flow at all in Matadero Creek: and why was there a sudden drop in the water level?
The answer to the first question is that water is continually discharged into the Creek from five separate treatment systems in the Research Park. These pumping stations have been operating for over a decade, as part of the program to clean up the underground contamination caused by years of leaks into the subsurface from underground tanks that held chemical solvents. The tanks were removed long ago, but the contamination they caused remains.