The Bayview Hunters Point community, located in heavily industrialized southeast San Francisco, has historically been one of California’s high risk communities. Early research documents the region has four times as many toxins as other city neighborhoods, hundreds of polluting industries and underground petroleum storage tanks and the Federal Superfund site at the Hunters Point Shipyard.

Establishing Medical Necessity for Implementation of a Human Biomonitoring Program at the Hunters Point Shipyard — A Federal Superfund Site

View from Parcel A of the Hunters Point Shipyard where 300 homes have been built and occupied and 150 more have been constructed. A Superfund site is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and the environment. These sites are placed on the National Priorities List and assigned a Hazard Index Ranking Score.
Caution sign afixed to a barbed wire fence separating a children’s playground on the Hunters Point hilltop from the Federal Superfund site below. There are no medical service providers in this isolated high risk region.
The Finding of Suitability to Transfer for Parcel A was engineered by Tetra Tech, Inc., the corporation at the center of what has been called “the greatest case of eco-fraud in U.S. history.”
The overall EPA Hazard Ranking Score assigned to the Hunters Point Shipyard pre cleanup averaged between 70 and 80%, reaching 100% for groundwater migration. The average Hazard Ranking Score for over 1,300 properties nationwide on the National Priorities list is 50%.
EPA mapping of particle pollution in the 94124 zipcode documents greater than 20 tons per year of particulate matter emissions in Bayview Hunters Point.
Shifting Landscapes 2009–2010 Investigation of the Civil Grand Jury of the Superior Court
Families occupying 300 homes on Parcel A of the Hunters Point Shipyard face toxic exposures due to fraudulently cleared soils and inadequately investigated land parcels on a Federal Superfund site.
Townhomes and Condominiums constructed in the center of a radiation contaminated Federal Superfund site. These residences overlook drydocks and piers where radiation contaminated ships were hauled back from atomic weapons testing in the South Pacific in 1946 and where the atom bomb “Little Boy” was loaded in July of 1945 and ultimately dropped on Hiroshima.
There are 1303 Federal Superfund Sites in 50 states. The Hunters Point Shipyard has one of the highest Hazard Ranking Scores assigned by the EPA with a Hazard Ranking Score of 100% for ground water migration.
A radium dial was discovered buried in a northern region of Parcel A the Navy did not investigate. It was falsely reported by major news outlets and government agencies to be in an area “not radiologically impacted”. According to the Historical Radiological Assessment the radium dial was discovered across the street from a building used by the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratories as a radiation decontamination center. The radium dial was discovered immediately southeast of landfills where radium dials were disposed of and drydocks where they were removed from ships.
The Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Historical Radiological Assessment documents radium dials where disposed of in landfills at IR-07 and IR-18 north of where the radium dial was discovered in a residential neighborhood on Parcel A. Building 103 was once used as a radiation decontamination center and lies directly across from where the radium dial was discovered.
Environmental Health Matters!
Community Scientist Raymond Tompkins instructs middle school students in soil sampling methods at the UC Berkeley math and science “boot camp” in 1998
The California Biomonitoring Planning Project offered assistance to a 2009 effort to implement a human biomonitoring program in Bayview Hunters Point.
“Biomonitoring is the next logical, critical step for us to take in addressing threats to public health.” Senator Deborah Ortiz of Sacramento sponsored SB 680 — The Healthy California Biomonitoring Program implemented in 2008.
Partial List of chemicals currently tested for by Biomonitoring California
The “Body Burden” of the Planet Earth
Genova Diagnostics Comprehensive Urine Element Profile detects elevations in major chemicals and radionuclides of concern documented to be present at the Hunters Point Shipyard Federal Superfund site. Lead, mercury, arsenic, manganese, copper, cobalt, tungsten, chromium, cesium, uranium, thorium, strontium and sulfur are detected with a seven day turn around.
Shot Baker was the second shot of Operations Crossroads. It was the first nuclear explosion ever detonated underwater. Test Date: 07/25/46. A Seventy four vessel fleet of test ships was exposed to active radiation equal to 21 kilotons of TNT. The Joint Chiefs of Staff evaluation noted the contaminated ships became “radioactive stoves and would have burned all lving things aboard with invisible and painless but deadly radiation. Decontamination presented so significant a radiation hazard, over a period of weeks personnel exposure levels began to climb.”
Sandblasting radiation contaminated ships hauled back from Operations Crossroads to the Hunters Point Shipyard.
The EPA’s Hazard Ranking System is designed to screen and prioritize sites for the Superfund program, based on limited data available at the time of NPL listing. The scores are not based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the site and do not reflect conditions after initiation of clean up. Note the Hazard Ranking Score for groundwater migration at Hunters Point is 100%.
Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai contributed to three iterations of the Hunters Point Shipyard Historical Radiological Assessment leading to publication of the Final document in 2004.

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