|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Fri, 1 Feb 2019 07:55:40 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] REUSE, RADIATION: Treasure Island Naval Station, San Francisco (CA)|
Special Report: The toxic legacy of a California Naval base by Robin Respaut, Reade Levinson Reuters January 31, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO - It seemed like the ideal redevelopment play. The Treasure Island Naval Station, erected on a picturesque strip of land in the middle of San Francisco Bay in 1942, was closed by the U.S. Navy in 1997. The city of San Francisco eyed the property as the centerpiece of a plan for easing the technology hub’s housing crisis. It looked like a win for all, except for one neglected detail: the toxic legacy the Navy left behind. Twenty-two years later, hundreds of families have rented old military homes here – and contaminants are still turning up. To date, the Navy’s $285.1 million Treasure Island cleanup has unearthed concentrations of lead, dioxins, petroleum and more than 1,000 radioactive items. Among other activities, the Navy had used the island to repair ships with deck markers painted with radium. The upshot, public health specialists say, is that the Navy unnecessarily exposed families to radioactive and toxic materials for decades. Since the military pulled out, the island has become home to some 1,800 people, many living in subsidized housing. … For the entire article, see https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-military-legacy-specialreport/special-report-the-toxic-legacy-of-a-california-naval-base-idUSKCN1PP1IX -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center P.O. Box 998, Mountain View, CA 94042 Voice/Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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