Aerial view of the southeastern shoreline of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard (HPNS)— a federal Superfund site- and the adjoining Bayview Hunters Point community in San Francisco, California. Photo: Atomic Shadows Hunters Point & The Rad Labs
Public housing for low income residents adjacent to the Parcel E-2 landfill at Hunters Point. The Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program (HP Biomonitoring) is funded by the Packard Foundation and licensed by the Medical Board of California to conduct urinary toxicology screenings for residents and workers at HPNS. Photo credit:Melia Robinson/Business Insider
“If you drink from a bottle marked “poison” it is certain to disagree with you!” Lewis Carroll — Alice in Wonderland
The southern shoreline of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard (HPNS) in San Francisco, California contains an industrial landfill designated Parcel E-2 estimated to contain 100 cubic yards of the most toxic chemicals listed by the EPA. Parcel E-2 is a federal Superfund site within the federal Superfund site designation of HPNS. On August 16, 2000 it ignited emitting multicolor flames like a chemical fire. In 2001 the Navy installed a partial cover on the landfill surface that acts like a bandaid on top of an abscess. In 2020 HP Biomonitoring Program detected elements known to be present in shipyard soils and landfills in the bodies of 25 residents and nearby workers. Photo credit: Maurice Campbell — Chair HPS RAB taken August 2000
Methane gas detected on concentration of 62.7% volume in air at Building 830 GMP 03 — April 22, 2002
An abscess is a “ toxic landfill” beneath the skin filled with septic bacteria, dead tissue and infection fighting cells that erupt under the pressure of “pus”. Like a landfill, toxins in an abscess must be excavated and removed for healthy tissue to heal and to prevent spread and recurrent infection. Image:Nemours KidsHealth
The “landfill” in my body…when the body is infected the immune system sends white blood cells to fight it. Dead white blood cells, germs and diseased tissue are disposed of in an abscess that -like toxic gases, wastewater and chemicals in a landfill - erupt under the pressure of its contents.
Building 830 houses the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND)and Lab Animal Resource Center (LARC). It is, arguably, the most high risk building on the naval base. A gas monitoring probe located adjacent to Building 830(GMP3) has detected methane concentrations at the landfill surface greater than 50% volume in air. Numerous UCSF Building 830 workers report the smell of methane gas. The Navy periodically vents the greenhouse gas methane into the air exposing workers and the surrounding community to volatilized contents of the landfill.
The Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory (NRDL) was the premier military lab of the post World War II era established to study the effects of radiation and nuclear weapons. The facility was based at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and used buildings numbered 800 situated along Crisp Avenue at the southern shoreline as labs, administration, industry, animal facilities and to house particle accelerators. These buildings are designated FUDS — Formerly used defense sites and are outside of Federal Superfund Act restoration guidelines. Photo:Wikipedia
12 employees of the UCSF lab animal facility housed in Building 830 have undergone voluntary biomonitoring evaluation and urinary toxicology screening. All have elevated levels of chemicals and radionuclides of concern detected including manganese, vanadium and nuclear fission products uranium, thallium and strontium and heavy metals.
The Hunters Point Shipyard Historical Radiological Assessment designates Buildings 830 and 831 radiation impacted. No evidence exists they were cleared by the Navy, environmental and health regulators for human reuse. They are designated FUDS — formerly used defense sites. Building 830 is a lab animal facility leased by the Navy to UCSF. Up to 30 workers float or are permanently sited there.

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Raymond Tompkins helped lead the 2009 community academic partnership to secure funding for community exposure research in Bayview Hunters Point. He serves as Environmental Health Educator and Pollution Mapping Scientist for the Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program and is depicted teaching middle school students the use of mass spectrometry in analyzing soil samples.
Routes of environmental toxic exposure
Tons of particulates and toxic air contaminants were released during grading and earthmoving of the bedrock of the Parcel A hilltop composed of serpentinite rock.
Unprotected worker — Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Photo: Lennar
EPA maps greater than 20 tons per year of particle pollution is released in Bayview Hunters Point.
The Pollution Body Burden in Bayview Hunters Point

An Asthma Attack in Hunters Point:

Long before the coronavirus epidemic there were masks worn in Hunters Point. Long before the coronavirus epidemic there was testing done in Hunters Point.
Mapping of residents and workers evaluated by HP Biomonitoring documents their location on and within a one mile radius of the federal Superfund site at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.
Parcel E-2 landfill and shoreline. Building 830 is located in the triangular corner on the right side of the photo in front of the landfill. The Parcel E-2 landfill is beneath the grassy region of the concave shoreline.
Lennar Corporation’s ethnically cleansed future of the Parcel E-2 landfill. Note the happiness of children, families and couples as they bask, play and stroll leisurely atop a toxic dump!
Francisco DaCosta — Director Environmental Justice Advocates points out the HP Biomonitoring art gallery to SF Bayview Publishers Willie Ratcliff and Mary Ratcliff during the December 18, 2019 opening of the Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program. The SF Bayview Newspaper played an essential role in implementation of the nation’s first biomonitoring program established to screen residents and workers at a federal Superfund site.
Detect…Protect…Prevent! HP Biomonitoring offers low cost voluntary urinary screenings and in-depth medical evaluations, environmental mapping and referrals to residents and workers within a one mile radius of the federal Superfund site at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. We welcome the opportunity to serve you. Email for appointments. We are an essential service!

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