ERIC Number: ED433683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Environmental Quality Act and the Belmont Learning Complex: A Breakdown in Process. A Special Report of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
California State Legislature, Sacramento. Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
The California legislature's Joint Legislative Audit Committee has issued a report concerning the Belmont Learning Complex (BLC) and the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD's) propensity for engaging in a series of school construction projects on contaminated land. The analysis suggests that the LAUSD was made aware of the BLC site's toxic problems as early as 1989, yet apparently had not followed applicable regulations by seeking state approval of the site prior to ensuring that the wastes had been removed. The LAUSD may have also violated their own California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines and appears to have failed to satisfy many aspects of the California Code of Regulations that govern the CEQA process. Additionally, the LAUSD may have violated the Health and Safety Code by failing to contact the Department of Toxic Substances Control prior to construction when they had "probable cause to believe" the land was contaminated. It is believed that, due to this failure of communication, the state may "pursue feasible civil and criminal actions against" offending individuals. The BLC, reported to be the most expensive high school in California history, may cost tens of millions of dollars more as remediation efforts to rid the toxic wastes from the site get underway. (GR)
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Planning, Environmental Standards, High Schools, Legal Responsibility, Public Schools, Site Analysis, Site Selection, State School District Relationship
Web site: http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a43/jlac.htm (full text).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Legislature, Sacramento. Joint Legislative Audit Committee.