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Monterey County Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Homeless Population
Since early 2017, the San Diego and Santa Cruz County Health Departments have been investigating local hepatitis A outbreaks among individuals who are homeless or use illicit drugs. Unfortunately, disease levels in Monterey County have now reached outbreak levels. Since October 2017, hepatitis A has been diagnosed in 9 individuals with a history of homeless in Monterey County. These individuals did not travel outside of Monterey County so are assumed to have become ill due to transmission within the homeless and illegal drug use communities in Monterey County.
2/5/2018 4:46:00 PM
UPDATE: Request for information about illegal hazardous waste dump
Since the initial reporting of the illegally disposed hazardous waste barrels on January 17th, 2018, the Monterey County Health Department has identified four disposal locations within the county. 58 barrels have been found.Thanks to calls we received from the public, we are aware that there may be as many as 70 barrels total disposed.
1/19/2018 3:07:00 PM
Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Annual Update Communitiy Meeting
Monterey County Behavioral Health will be hosting regional meetings to present an update on the Mental Health Services Act and get community feedback and input regarding some current and future MHSA activities.
2/23/2018 3:28:00 PM
Site Mitigation - Guidelines, Forms & Worksheets
Sites may become contaminated with toxic chemicals through illegal dumping or disposal, from leaking underground storage tanks, or through industrial or commercial activities. These sites may pose a hazard to the public health & safety and the environment. Therefore, the investigation and cleanup of these contaminated sites must be conducted under the supervision of the hazardous materials branch. At a minimum, any investigative work shall require a work plan, site safety plan, application for site mitigation and work plan review and a fee. Allow seven working days for processing. Incomplete or unapproved submittals will be returned. Approval of the work plan must be obtained before any work is started. A letter of closure may be written by the Monterey County Environmental Health Bureau based on the findings of the investigation.
Guidelines for Mitigation
Investigation and clean-up of contaminated sites must be conducted according to the Guidelines for Site Mitigation, below. The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a uniform procedure that can be followed to mitigate a contaminated site properly as quickly as possible. The guidelines cover four phases of work that must be accomplished:
- Preliminary site assessment
- Soil and groundwater investigation
- Corrective action implementation
- Verification of monitoring.
Other requirements are also discussed in the Guidelines for Site Mitigation.
All submittals must be signed by a Registered Geologist or Certified Civil Engineer for Subsurface Investigations.
Forms and worksheets
Forms and worksheets
|Downloadable PDF Application for site mitigation inspection and work plan review
|Contamination Reporting Procedures||Downloadable PDF - The Environmental Health Bureau (EHB) will be notified within 30 days if during the UST removal, and/or the investigation, installation, or destruction of Monitoring Wells or Soil Borings, that contamination is discovered at, or above the Monterey County Action Levels.|
|Site Safety Plan||Downloadable PDF - Site and Safety Plan for Underground storage tank-repairs, removal, installations; Investigation/Remediation of Contaminated sites; Monitoring well & soil Boring.|
|Hydraulic Lift And Reservoir Removal Procedure||Downloadable PDF for Procedures for the removal of the Hydraulic Lift And Reservoir Removal|