Letter to the Acting Secretary of the Navy
Recent news reports of radioactive contamination raise serious questions about the adequacy of the Navy and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) environmental assessment at Hunters Point Shipyard. Senators Feinstein, Boxer and I have sent a letter to the U.S. Navy requesting answers regarding the status of radioactive clean-up to date and a plan for identifying any toxic and/or radioactive contamination throughout the ship yard.
The news reports have cited references documenting the use of radioactive substances throughout the 500 acre shipyard. They assert that radioactive waste produced during biological research on radioactive fallout and the byproducts of nuclear decontamination performed on many naval vessels may never have been identified for cleanup because the Navy’s radiation sampling was not performed throughout the entire shipyard.
It took years of negotiations to get the Navy to agree to clean up the areas it contaminated; the Navy must live up to its commitment.
My office will continue to work with the Mayor, Supervisor Maxwell and the residents of the Hunters Point community to ensure that the dream of transforming the shipyard will continue.
We will not give up the goal of creating a center for economic development and neighborhood recreation areas along the waterfront for the Bay View Hunters Point community. That new center must be safe for generations to come. We will settle for nothing less.
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