Statement: The Navy’s first priority in its Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) clean-up work at Hunters Point is community health and safety. To ensure residents and all interested parties can feel confident about the path forward for Hunters Point, the Navy is committed to providing access to timely, factual information.
Here is a summary of the Navy’s progress on cleanup and outreach efforts since the start of this year:
- Updated Community Members at Hunters Point Shipyard, Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting. Navy representatives attended the January CAC Meeting to share updates on the radiological clean-up program at Hunters Point. BRAC’s environmental coordinator, Derek Robinson, and other Navy technical experts presented the Navy’s approach to determining clean-up goals which follow the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act process to protect human health.
- Hosted Meeting with Local Artists. For over 20 years, more than 300 artists have used Hunters Point buildings for studio space. In February, the Navy hosted a dialogue with some of these artists about redevelopment and environmental issues, and was joined by its regulatory partners from California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the state Department of Toxic Control Substances (DTSC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- CDPH Finds That Parcel A-1, A-2 Safe. To allay concerns raised by residents, the Navy and regulatory partners worked with and supported CDPH’s effort to complete a radiological healthand- safety scan of all accessible areas of Parcel A-1. The final report, issued February 5, 2019, confirmed there are no radiological health and safety hazards to residents. CDPH also completed its scan of Parcel A-2, finding no evidence of any health and safety risks to the public or the environment.
- Supported Supervisor Walton’s Efforts to Enhance Citizen Outreach. Newly-elected Supervisor Shamann Walton shares the Navy's goals of ensuring the surrounding neighborhood has accurate, factual information about activities at Hunters Point. The Navy will be working with Supervisor Walton and a group of interested local residents to provide information, site tours, and explanations of work plans and fieldwork programs so they can help to inform their neighbors.
This year, the Navy will continue informing Hunters Point community members about progress (at Hunters Point) through events, bus tours, office visits with radiological safety expert (Dr. Kathryn Higley) and other public communication efforts. Over the next few months, the community can expect the following:
- Finalizing Parcel G Work Plan. The Navy agrees with community leaders and regulatory partners that all of Tetra Tech EC’s radiological work must be re-evaluated. It is working closely with regulatory agencies and stakeholders to address comments and ensure the final Parcel G work plan is comprehensive. The final work plan is expected to be completed soon and will be available on the Navy's Hunters Point website. The community will also be notified of the planned timeline for completing the work.
- Conducting Guided Tour of the Cleanup. Throughout the year, the Navy will continue hosting Hunters Point bus tours – open to community members, and tenants. This effort provides a first-and look at the cleanup and the opportunity to learn more about the history and status of the sites at HPNS. The next tour will be offered on May 18. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tour updates and reservations.
- Provided Status of Radiological Retesting at the April CAC Meeting. The Navy will attend the next Citizens Advisory Committee meeting on April 22 to provide information on an important aspect of Parcel G retesting: the selection of background locations.
- Radiological Expert Available to Answer Questions. Dr. Kathryn Higley, a renowned expert in the field of health physics and the Head of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering at Oregon State University, will continue to meet with members of the Hunters Point community uring local onsite hours or by appointment.
For more information on the Hunters Point cleanup: