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LA Times exposes possible radioactive dumping around the Bay Area

Views, walking trails and an off-leash dog park make César Chávez Park a popular one in the East Bay. (Paul Kuroda / For The Times)
Views, walking trails and an off-leash dog park make César Chávez Park a popular one in the East Bay.
  (Paul Kuroda / For The Times)

On this edition of Your Call's One Planet Series, we discuss a recent Los Angeles Times investigation that reveals how the former chemical company Stauffer may have dumped radioactive waste at several East Bay park sites.

For most of the 20th century, Stauffer disposed of thousands of tons of industrial waste near its factory grounds along Richmond’s southeast shoreline, according to the investigation.

Stauffer also discarded industrial waste at several Bay Area sites — including present-day César Chávez Park and the Albany Bulb, two popular parks built atop former municipal landfills. But it wasn’t until last year that California Department of Toxic Substances Control officials shared the chemical manufacturer’s historic disposal records with regulators in charge of the other sites.

Guest:

Tony Briscoe, environmental reporter with the Los Angeles Times

Resources:

Los Angeles Times: Revelations of possible radioactive dumping around the Bay Area trigger new testing at parks

Berkeleyside: Radioactive waste at Cesar Chavez Park? Berkeley to test former landfill site

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.