Refuse Disposal Station landfill, which has been closed since 1969.
The county installed 12 landfill gas-monitoring probes in September
and October at the old landfill, which was operated by the county. Four
of the probes detected elevated levels of methane at the site at Atlanta
and Hamilton avenues.
This landfill is different from the NESI toxic waste dump on the
southwest corner of Magnolia Street and Hamilton Avenue.
The city and the district hired GeoScience Analytical to determine if
there is a concern. Consultants have completed an initial analysis of
Kettler School, looking at all permanent and portable structures at the
school site, which included every classroom, restroom, storage area,
office, child-care room and workroom. The consultants reported no gas of
any type or level in these areas.
The city has checked the residential area, sprinkler vaults, streets
and the school.
"It looks to be in good shape," said Fire Marshal Duane Olson. "There
are no methane issues outside of the park."
Brian Garland, a trustee for Huntington Beach City School District and
principal of Edison High School, is concerned that the gas will continue
"There's been a lot of testing going on to make sure that that gas is
not leaking into the area where the classrooms are, where teachers are,
where the kids are," he said.
Presently, the gas is not affecting the nearby Edison High School, but
Garland has notified the Huntington Beach Union High School District to
look into that matter.
"We're monitoring it very carefully," he said, speaking for both the
elementary and the high school.
The elementary school district sent letters home with all students,
notifying parents of the nearby problem.
"We don't want anybody to be surprised, or think that we're hiding
anything or keeping anything quiet," Garland said.
Consultants are conducting similar tests of the area surrounding
The city and the district have notified the county Integrated Waste
Management, as the former landfill operator, and the company responsible
for addressing this issue. The city and the school will continue to work
with the Integrated Waste Management to continue assurance of the health
and safety of citizens near the former disposal station.
"We have to be vigilant, we have the ultimate responsibility that we
assure parents that when when they send their children to school, they're
sending them to a safe environment," Garland said.
The district plans to keep monitoring and testing the area to ensure
the safety of Kettler's approximate 600 students and 35 staff members.
"At this point, there's not any reason for [parents] to be worried,"
Garland said. "If there was the slightest possibility that methane gas
was getting into the school, the school district would immediately take
action. We'd play this very, very conservatively with the youngsters at
both school districts."The city was scheduled to meet for a strategy
meeting Wednesday evening to review the report released this week.