2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:34:44 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CLOSURE: Annual update on Alameda Point (CA) cleanup
Next Steps in Navy Cleanup

by Richard Bangert
Alameda Sun (CA)
January 4, 2013

Cleanup activity at Alameda Point in 2012 started where it left off in 2011 - at the Seaplane Lagoon. The lagoon's northwest corner was the site of the second and final phase of dredging there and targeted contaminated sediment near storm drain outfalls. With dredging completed by spring, the sight of Americas Cup racing yachts arriving at their temporary dock in the lagoon seemed a harbinger of the approaching end of the Superfund era at the Point.

Just outside the Seaplane Lagoon, another dredging operation was started and finished at one of the maritime ship piers where the Cape Orlando had been docked. By November, the massive ship was back at dockside, hull lights glowing at night.

In one of the most complicated and contaminated areas east of the Seaplane Lagoon, cleanup work began at an area 30 feet below ground where a cleaning solvent used on aircraft parts had seeped into the groundwater. After driving a series of metal bars down to the contaminated area, the soil, groundwater, and solvent were heated to just below simmering by means of electricity. This turned the water and solvent into vapor, which was then vacuumed out into a filtering system through a series of pipes.


For the entire article, see
http://alamedasun.com/local-and-hometown/11261-next-steps-in-navy- cleanup


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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