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Scanning begins at Hunter’s Point Shipyard, but is it enough?

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California Department of Public Health workers scan for radiation with sodium iodide detectors at the Shipyard last week.

 

The Shipyard is supposed to be San Francisco’s biggest redevelopment project since the 1906 earthquake. It’s slated to have affordable housing, office and retail space, and parks. But this year, the shipyard development has been infamously dubbed “The biggest case of eco fraud in US history.”

The cleanup of the former naval base and nuclear testing lab has been plagued by scandal, whistleblowers, and coverups. Earlier this year, a review revealed that almost all the data on toxic cleanup was unreliable. There are plans to retest much of the site, and residents and activists want to make sure that also applies to the parcels where people are currently living, right now. So the California Department of Public Health has started scanning those areas for radiation, but it it enough?

KALW’s environment reporter Angela Johnston tells us more.