2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2010 11:02:44 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] SHIPS: Inspecting the Suisun Bay (CA) Ghost Fleet
Ghost Fleet inspection shows welcome progress

Jon Wiener
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard
September 3, 2010

I grew up gazing at the Suisun Bay Ghost Fleet through the window of my parents’ car as we would cross the Benicia Bridge on our way to the mountains. Later, when I started riding Amtrak to visit friends and family, I was able to get a bit of a closer view. Even as an adult, I always thought the ships seemed majestic and mysterious.

Imagine my disappointment, then, when I came to NRDC and learned that years of neglect had essentially turned the fleet of 57 Navy support ships into an unregulated, unpermitted toxic waste dump. As my colleague Michael Wall has blogged about previously, these historical icons had been leaching large amounts of lead paint and other heavy metals into the bay for decades. (This revelation was eerily similar to a disappointing discovery in my previous career as a reporter, when I learned that Moffett Field’s historic Hangar One, which I had toured as a young boy while attending Blue Angels shows, was polluting South Bay wetlands). This pollution continued in spite of Congressional mandates, environmental laws, and even some internal alarms. In fact, little happened until NRDC and its partners sued the U.S. Maritime Administration. Then, after years of fighting, MARAD—under the direction of a new administration—agreed to a court-ordered schedule to clean up and remove the ships.


For the entire blog, see


Lenny Siegel
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a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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