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Navy Won't Investigate Nuclear Pollution At San Francisco's Treasure Island 121

Lasrick writes "The Center for Investigative Reporting spent a year investigating whether San Francisco's Treasure Island is contaminated with radioactive material left over from the decades the island was a naval base. Treasure Island is being transferred into civilian hands, and the city of San Francisco has plans to turn it into a 'second downtown.' Despite the fact that radioactive debris has been found around the island, the Navy refuses to conduct testing that might show whether radiation cleanup should be started before development begins, Independent testing by CIR and others has found high levels of cesium 137 and other radioactive substances at several spots on the island, and by examining unclassified military documents, CIR has found that the history of the nuclear work done at Treasure Island and the lack of safety protocols at the time mean the contamination is most likely wide-spread. Complaints by current residents has only resulted in bureaucratic infighting among state health departments and the Navy."
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Navy Won't Investigate Nuclear Pollution At San Francisco's Treasure Island

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  • by NReitzel ( 77941 ) on Tuesday February 25, 2014 @11:12AM (#46334121) Homepage

    If the area is going to end up paved, without wells or agriculture, then low level cesium contamination is beside the point.

    When Los Alamos (of Plutonium era) was refurbished for civilian use, the walls were painted over with bright red paint, followed by white paint. The paint was adequate to block plutonium alphas and daughter betas. The rule for the buildings was "if you see red, call maintenance."

  • by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Tuesday February 25, 2014 @11:21AM (#46334205) Homepage Journal

    The wind shifted
    back in the fifties particles drifted
    A wave set in motion
    the Pacific Ocean
    test of the hydrogen bomb
    There from would come
    too close to home
    ships from the test
    put to rest
    and convalesce with heavily armed guard
    in Hunter's Point shipyard
    Heavy metal sandblast

    Remove the radiation from the outside
    a hazardous cargo
    dumped into the harbor
    went farther then that though
    Sand from the blasting
    made into sidewalks
    played on by kids
    that just got over chicken-pox
    Glowing faces
    All races
    Hop-scrotch bare feet
    on Geiger counter concrete
    Mother prepares a fruit salad treat to eat
    sprayed with messed up pesticides
    none have been tested for health effects
    on the side

    Medical racist social statistics
    Has everyday life become a health risk

    Meanwhile, back in the backyard,
    father lights-up a barbeque fire
    and he sizzles hormone injected meat
    on top of a toxic source of heat
    He becomes light headed
    as the toxins easily meet
    with the lite beer in his head and
    he glances to his portable television set
    from his eyes he wipes the double vision sweat
    visions of white supremacists
    posing as right conservationists
    holding an Aryan agrarian Woodstock
    lead the stray sheep into the flock
    hookin' em in with the music of flower power
    change their energy into fire power

    Medical racist social statistics
    Has everyday life become a health risk

    All of a sudden
    acid rain falls from the sky
    and gets into the nuclear family picnic pie
    not to mention their Kool-Aid
    The nuclear family sits down to lunch
    They munch it down with acid rain punch
    and they begin to hallucinate
    the pain in their bodies
    from the pain in their minds
    They go inside and remember a time
    before the world went
    completely blind
    When people grew bald naturally
    no mutations
    unlike Skinheads
    and chemo-therapy patients

    Medical racist social statistics
    Has everyday life become a health risk

    --M. Franti/Spearhead

  • by cyn1c77 ( 928549 ) on Tuesday February 25, 2014 @12:13PM (#46334873)

    ... now the corporate sector is getting impatient that they can't profit off of it! Ridiculous.

    The most cost efficient solution would be to just remove the highway exit leading to the island.

    Build a new island if you want to build high-priced condos to continue to overpopulate San Francisco. Or let the corporations that will profit off of the condos actually pay to cleanup the island.

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