Public meetings for the Draft Supplemental Guidance: Screening and Evaluating Vapor Intrusion (Draft Guidance), originally scheduled in April 2020, were postponed due to the COVID 19 emergency and the Governor’s Executive Orders to protect public health by limiting public gatherings and requiring social distancing. To keep our stakeholders informed and engaged, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Vapor Intrusion Workgroup has developed and posted video presentations online and will host live Question and Answer Sessions in lieu of State-wide public meetings. The public comment period is extended to June 1, 2020. Additional information is provided below.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), State Water Resources Control Board, and San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board have developed supplemental vapor intrusion guidance for conducting vapor intrusion evaluations in California. The Draft Supplemental Guidance: Screening and Evaluating Vapor Intrusion was released for review and public comment on February 14, 2020. As stated above, the comment period is extended to 12:00 noon on June 1, 2020.
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Draft Supplemental Guidance: Screening and Evaluating Vapor Intrusion
The Draft Supplemental Guidance provides information on the following topics:
- Soil gas, subslab, indoor air, and outdoor air sampling recommendations that are focused on understanding spatial and temporal variability
- Recommendations for use of USEPA 2015 vapor intrusion attenuation factors
- Risk management framework for vapor intrusion
- California-specific vapor intrusion database in Geotracker
New! February 2020 – Draft Supplemental Guidance: Screening and Evaluating Vapor Intrusion
A general overview and technical presentations on the Draft Supplemental Guidance are available in seven video presentations. The general overview presentation covers basic vapor intrusion information and provides an overview of the Draft Guidance. The technical presentations, provided in four modules, cover the Draft Guidance, the GeoTracker Database, and a case study. The video presentations, “Vapor Intrusion Workgroup – Presentations” are available at DTSC’s YouTube website:
Public Question and Answer (Q&A) Sessions – Webcast
The CalEPA Vapor Intrusion (VI) Workgroup will host live internet sessions for the public to ask questions on the YouTube video presentations, the Draft Guidance, and on vapor intrusion in general. The Q&A sessions will be held on May 14, 2020 and May 19, 2020. Participants should view the video presentations, described above, prior to the Q&A sessions.
Session dates and times, internet links for each session, information on BlueJeans video conferencing, call-in information, and information on submitting questions in advance are provided below and in the Public Notice [English / Spanish].
Two Q&A sessions will be held each day, as follows:
Afternoon Technical Session: Vapor intrusion practitioners are encouraged to attend this session to ask technical questions about the Draft Guidance and the technical video presentations provided on YouTube.
Early Evening Non-Technical, General Overview Session: This session is intended for the general public, non-technical stakeholders, and other interested parties to ask general questions about vapor intrusion and the Draft Guidance.
May 14, 2020:
- Technical Q&A Session: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
- General Overview Q&A Session: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, PDT
May 19, 2020:
- Technical Q&A Session: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, PDT
- General Overview Q&A Session: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, PDT
Comments on the Draft Guidance may be submitted electronically or by mail using one of the Comment Forms provided or by letter. Please see Instructions below for information on how to submit comments.
- Instructions: English / Spanish
- Comment Form A (Adobe®): English / Spanish
- Comment Form B (Microsoft® Word): English / Spanish
State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality,
CalEPA VI Workgroup, Attention: Abe Waggoner,
1001 I Street, 15th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Email to: DWQemail@example.com
Vapor Intrusion Fact Sheet
Vapor Intrusion E-List
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Vapor Intrusion Guidance Documents
- Flow Diagram of DTSC Documents
- Advisory – Active Soil Gas Investigations (July 2015)
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) (August 2015)
- Summary of Advisory Changes (2015)
- Final Guidance for the Evaluation & Mitigation of Subsurface Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air (October 2011; also known as the Vapor Intrusion Guidance)
DTSC’s Vapor Intrusion Guidance provides a stepwise and sometimes iterative process for the investigation of vapor intrusion and describes procedures for screening and site-specific evaluation of potential risks associated with this exposure pathway. The DTSC Screening-Level Model spreadsheets that used the Johnson & Ettinger (J&E) model to predict theoretical indoor air concentrations of contaminants from soil gas and groundwater data have been removed because they were not updated and are not based on the most current J&E model spreadsheet tool from USEPA.
- Summary of Changes Between Interim Final and Final Guidance
- Human Health Risk
- Archived Screening-Level Model for Soil Gas Contamination
- Archived Screening-Level Model for Groundwater Contamination
- Vapor Intrusion Public Participation Advisory (March 2012)
DTSC developed this Advisory to help determine and implement appropriate public participation coordination and activities at sites where a potential vapor intrusion risk has been identified. The Advisory is a companion document to DTSC’s Vapor Intrusion Guidance and Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Advisory. In addition, the Advisory supplements DTSC’s Public Participation and Procedures Manual.
- Vapor Intrusion: Decision Framework for Testing Indoor Air & Overview of Sampling Procedures Presented at the February 2012 CUPA Conference
- Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Advisory, Revision 1 (October 2011)
Provides a framework that guides the reader through the decision process for 1) determining if mitigation is appropriate for the project site, 2) selecting a mitigation system that is protective of human health, and 3) ensuring that implementation is sustainable for the duration of mitigation. Emphasizes public participation and implementation considerations. Identifies likely technologies for vapor intrusion mitigation, but does not identify proven technologies.
- Summary of Changes Reflected in Revision 1