The Navy has agreed to suspend any further transfers of property at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco due to several investigations into the falsification of data by its cleanup contractor.
In 2014, Tetra Tech admitted to submitting false samples in an apparent effort to show the soil was not radioactive. The samples the company submitted actually came from different locations than the ones indicated. In reality, the samples were collected from areas that had already tested clean for radiological contamination.
Last week, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Malia Cohen told U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy that the city “will not accept the transfer of any land until federal and state regulators are satisfied that the land is clean and safe” and the city’s health department validates the decision, reported NBC Bay Area News.
“The safety of our residents and workers is paramount, and we are committed to a thorough cleanup at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard,” they wrote.
Earlier this month, EPA and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control wrote the Navy to confirm an agreement that it would not propose any further transfers until the outcome of ongoing investigations by multiple agencies “and/or any other Navy action necessary to clarify the actual potential public exposure to radioactive material at and near [Hunters Point].”
FivePoint, the reuse project’s master developer, also said it will not accept any property until regulatory agencies agree it’s suitable for development, according to the story.
“We absolutely want and expect the Navy to clean up the Shipyard, and expect that this current review will be conducted thoroughly,” Kofi Bonner, FivePoint’s Northern California president, said in a written statement.