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Community Update On Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Cleanup

04 December 2019
Statement: The Navy is committed to updating the public and ensuring it has confidence in the environmental cleanup program at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard (HPNS) by sharing informational updates.

Statement: The Navy is committed to updating the public and ensuring it has confidence in the environmental cleanup program at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard (HPNS) by sharing informational updates.

Here’s a summary of the Navy’s latest cleanup and outreach progress at HPNS:

Published Five-Year Review Report. On July 31, the Navy finalized its fourth Five-Year Review report on the Shipyard. The report evaluated if the current and planned remedies at the site are, or will be at their completion, protective of human health and the environment. The Five-Year Review report is available for viewing/download at the following link: Final Report.

Completed Background Soil Sampling. The Navy has completed a key step in its work to retest Parcel G. Background sampling fieldwork was completed at four locations on HPNS and one location off site (a local park) during August and September 2019. More than 250 soil samples were collected. Regulatory agency representatives and the Navy’s quality assurance team monitored the sampling fieldwork. Following analysis and validation at a state-approved independent laboratory, the Navy will share results with regulatory agencies and the public. The Final Background Sample Report is scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2020.

Hosted Bus Tour. On August 17, the Navy hosted a guided bus tour of HPNS, offering the public a first-hand look at cleanup projects underway at Hunters Point. The Navy hosts tours like these throughout the year. Email for more information on upcoming tours.

Briefed Citizens Advisory Committee. The Navy joined the Hunters Point Shipyard Citizens Advisory Committee (HPS CAC) on August 26 and updated the community on the progress at HPNS. In its presentation to the committee, the Navy discussed the work plan it released in June to retest Parcel G, the start of fieldwork for background soil sampling, and the latest Five-Year Review report. The presentation and materials shared by the Navy at the meeting are available on the Meeting Material webpage. The next HPS CAC meeting will be on January 27, 2020.

Provided Access to Radiological Expert. Dr. Kathryn Higley, an internationally recognized radiological health and safety expert from Oregon State University that serves as an independent resource to the public, was available to meet with community members and answer questions in person in August, September and October. If you were unable to meet with her, she welcomes your questions by phone (541) 737-0675, email ( or by appointment.

Participated in Community Local Events. Navy cleanup program representatives participated in the Visitacion Valley Greenway Celebration on August 17, and the Shipyard Artists Open Studios on October 13. Program materials about the HPNS cleanup were available in multiple languages to meet the needs of various community groups.

Produced Videos, Fact Sheets to Explain Cleanup. This fall, the Navy made three videos available to the public to explain various aspects of the cleanup program at the former shipyard. Video topics included Radiological Health and Safety, Historical Radiological Assessment (HRA), and Radiological Retesting at Parcel G. In addition, fact sheets describing Durable Covers, the HRA, Parcel E Fieldwork, and Dust Control were published. The videos are available on the Radiological Cleanup webpage and the fact sheets are available on the Documents webpage.

For more information on the Hunters Point cleanup call the HPNS Info Line at (415) 295-4742 or send an email to

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