2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 11:09:21 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Hunters Point Shipyard, San Francisco
Hunters Point cleanup creates controversy

by Sarah Chase
Golden Gate Xpress (CA)
April 14, 2010

The long wait to clean up the Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard will continue.

In the past, the site was used by the U.S. Navy for nuclear weapons research and radioactive laboratory operations when the effects of such activities were unknown.

Most of the shipyard, closed in 1991, is still owned by the Navy. In order for the land to be transferred to city ownership, the area must undergo drastic cleanup operations to rid the soil and groundwater of various residue and chemicals.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the area has been deemed a Superfund site--an area in need of cleanup due to the storage of hazardous materials--which will provide a $50,000 Technical Assistance Grant to aid in the development of a cleanup process.

But how to go about cleaning the area has proven to be a difficult task. The 936-acre area, including parts underwater, is contaminated with different substances, such as lead, asbestos and radionuclides. In order to look at areas individually, it has been broken into different parcels ranging from A-G, to be researched and inspected by the EPA and Navy.


For the entire article, see

Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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