Later, this article states, "But state policy does not apply to land in military facilities such as McClellan as long as it remains in the Air Force's hands, state regulators say." I don't believe that's true. McClellan Air Force Base is on the "Superfund" National Priorities List, so the state law should be an Applicable or Relevant and Appropriate Requirement (ARAR). U.S. EPA has the authority to take the proposed response to dispute, under the Federal Facilities Agreement. It's also possible that the Federal Facilities Compliance Act, passed by Congress in 1992 to subject Defense Department cleanups to state law, comes into play. - LS
Air Force hopes to stick Sacramento with radioactive waste dump
By Katharine Mieszkowski and Matt Smith
Center for Investigative Reporting/Fresno Bee (CA)
September 16, 2013
If U.S. Air Force official Steve Mayer is bothered by California's refusal to inherit the radioactive waste dump he's building outside Sacramento, he doesn't show it.
He's plowing ahead with plans at the old McClellan Air Force Base to entomb soil contaminated with radium-226, a glow-in-the-dark substance that can cause cancer, and pass ownership of it to the city of Sacramento.
The California Department of Public Health has made it clear that state laws don't permit the move. Even if they did, Sacramento's city manager says he wants nothing to do with the dump.
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