Quito Village Shopping Center Soil Vapor Contamination
Environmental investigations at Quito Village Shopping Center have identified elevated levels of tetrachloroethene (PCE), benzene, and ethylbenzene in soil vapor (the air space between the individual soil grains) beneath the shopping center. The contamination can be attributed to past operations of the former Quito Dry Cleaners and a former gas station. Although the contamination is associated with past operators, the current site owner has requested oversight from the County of Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health (DEH). The current site owner’s environmental consultant will collect additional samples to evaluate the extent of on-site and off-site contamination and other relevant site conditions. Based on the results, the next steps will be identified. It is likely that cleanup and mitigation will be required along with long-term monitoring. Work will be performed by the current site owner’s environmental consultant and regulated by the DEH.
The City of Saratoga has no authority over the site assessment and remediation; however, given community concern about the topic, the City has prepared a courtesy notice in cooperation with the DEH to describe the current status and likely next steps. The notice will be mailed to properties near the Quito Village Shopping Center. To view the notice and for more information, please visit www.saratoga.ca.us/QuitoVillage