Guide to the Sacramento Toxics Alliance research collection

Amanda G. DeWilde
Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 264-2976
Fax: (916) 264-2884
Copyright 2017
Sacramento Public Library. All rights reserved.

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento Room
Title: Sacramento Toxics Alliance Research Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MC 37
Physical Description: 2.5 Linear Feet (5 Archival Boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1981-2012
Abstract: The records in this research collection document the operations of toxics groups and remediation projects in the Sacramento area from the early-1980s through the early-2000s.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical Note

The Sacramento Toxics Alliance incorporated in 1984 as a citizens group concerned with the cleanup of hazardous waste at Sacramento sites. The group worked with the City of Sacramento Toxic Substances Commission to address numerous remediation cases over the years, including those at McClellan Air Force Base, and the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific Railyards.
The City of Sacramento Toxic Substances Commission, which formed shortly after the Toxics Alliance, began with eleven commissioners and advised Sacramento City Council on key issues related to toxics analysis and remediation.
McClellan Air Force Base was listed on the National Priorities List as a Superfund site in July 1987, and the McClellan Groundwater Task Force formed in August 1983 by Rep. Robert Matsui in order to "coordinate and oversee the cleanup of contaminated hazardous waste disposal sites and groundwater both on and off base." It was comprised of members of the Air Force, state regulatory agencies and the City and County of Sacramento. The McClellan Restoration Advisory Board formed later and provided a public forum for community members, installations and regulatory agencies to work together on McClellan environmental programs.
The Union Pacific Railyards was an 80-acre site located off Sutterville Road, east of Hwy 99. It was a former railroad maintenance and switching yard from 1909-1983. After its closure, a group formed to address problems from past industrial activity, including groundwater contamination and air particulates. By 1989, the California Department of Health Services oversaw the investigation of soil contamination at the site.
And the Southern Pacific Railyards, located at 501 Jibboom Street, became the focal point for remediation efforts in the decades to come.

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of records and research gathered by the Sacramento Toxics Alliance regarding several toxic remediation projects in the Sacramento area. The collection is organized into the following series: Series I. City of Sacramento Toxic Substances Commission (1985-1987), Series II. Union Pacific Railyards (1980-2010, bulk 1986-1994), Series III. McClellan Air Force Base (1983-2012, bulk 2002-2003), Series IV. Southern Pacific Railyards (1988-1993), and Series V. Other Projects (1985-1988). Records within each series are organized chronologically and include meeting minutes of toxics groups, newsletters, environmental reports, correspondence with government agencies, and some news clippings.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sacramento Toxics Alliance research collection, MC 37, Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, California.


City of Sacramento Toxic Substances Commission Series I 1985-1987

box-folder 1: 1

Toxic Planning Commission proposal, ordinance establishing and meeting minutes 1985-1986

box-folder 1: 2

Meeting minutes 1986-1987


Union Pacific Railyards Series II 1980-2010

box-folder 1: 3

Western Pacific Railroad Company 1980-1981

box-folder 1: 4

Western Pacific Railroad Company drafts of agreement with the City of Sacramento and news clippings 1986

box-folder 1: 5

Inspection reports 1986-1987

box-folder 1: 6

Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association toxics subcommittee records and asbestos testing reports 1988

box-folder 1: 7

Fact sheets and Community Relations Plan 1989

box-folder 2: 1

Community Relations Plan 1990

box-folder 2: 2

Sierra-Curtis Railroad Toxics Subcommittee meeting packet 1990

box-folder 2: 3

Draft Remedial Action Plan 1991

box-folder 2: 4

Fact sheets 1991

box-folder 2: 5

Fact sheets and newspaper clippings 1992-1994

box-folder 2: 6

Fact sheets and newspaper clippings 1995-2010


McClellan Air Force Base Series III 1983-2012


McClellan Groundwater Task Force Sub-series I 1983-2000

box-folder 3: 1

Meeting agendas, site updates and notes 1983-1984

box-folder 3: 2

Newspaper clippings 1983-1984

box-folder 3: 3

Installation Restoration Program (I.R.P.) updates and Community Relations Plan 1985

box-folder 3: 4

Groundwater Task Force Remediation Action Report, sampling reports, I.R.P. updates and fact sheets 1986

box-folder 3: 5

McClellan Task Force correspondence 1987

box-folder 3: 6

Fact sheets, newspaper clippings and information brochure 1989-2000


McClellan Restoration Advisory Board Sub-series II 2002-2012

box-folder 3: 7

Press release, meeting agendas and fact sheets 2002

box-folder 3: 8

Cape Environmental inspection reports 2002

box-folder 4: 1-2

Meeting minutes and attachments 2002

box-folder 4: 3

Radiation training Powerpoint presentation slides 2003

box-folder 4: 4

Meeting minutes, fact sheets and newspaper clippings 2003

box-folder 4: 5

Fact sheets 2008-2012


Southern Pacific Railyards Series IV 1987-2013

box-folder 4: 6

Ground Water Sample Results and Draft Community Relations Plan 1987-1988

box-folder 4: 7

Newspaper clippins and fact sheets 1989

box-folder 4: 8

Newspapers clippings and booklet 1990

box-folder 5: 1

Preliminary assessment of "superfund" remedial investigation/feasibility study 1990

box-folder 5: 2

Meeting minutes, Sacramento Environmental Commission and letter to commission 1991

box-folder 5: 3

Facts sheets and newspaper clippings 1992-1993

box-folder 5: 4

Draft Remedial Action Plan 1991


Other Projects Series V 1985-1988

box-folder 5: 5

Sacramento City Landfill 1985-1988

box-folder 5: 6

Other projects