Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Cleanup Campaign:
The former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard is heavily contaminated with toxic and radioactive waste, the legacy of decades of pollution by the Navy and industry. The City and County of San Francisco have contracted with the Lennar Corporation to develop the Shipyard site and build thousands of homes there. Greenaction is concerned about the health and environment of residents during cleanup and construction activities as Lennar has had hundreds of days of pollution excesses.
We also are concerned that the government does not want to conduct or require a full and comprehensive cleanup of the contamination, but instead is trying to just cap some of the contamination which does not protect public health or the environment.
Greenaction had a partial legal victory recently when the court required the Navy to develop a better cleanup plan. The Shipyard was involved in the decontamination of ships exposed to atomic weapons testing. In 1989, the Shipyard was designated as a federal Superfund site. After decades of use by the Navy and industries, the Shipyard is contaminated with fuels, pesticides, heavy metals, PCBs, Volatile Organic Compounds, radioactive materials and naturally-occurring asbestos. The waters next to BVHP have wetlands and an ecosystem that includes pathways for migratory birds, salmon, breeding areas and feeding areas for fish and wildlife.
PG&E Hunters Point Power Plant Clean Up Campaign:
Greenaction and our ally, the Huntersview Mothers Committee, led the successful fight that closed the PG&E Hunters Point power plant in 2006. The buildings and infrastructure at the power plant have been demolished, and PG&E and government agencies have been working on the cleanup of contamination at the 38 acre site on the shores of San Francisco Bay. Environmental sampling confirmed that the soil and groundwater are contaminated with many hazardous substances, including a large amount of PCBs, PAHS, THP diesel, arsenic, lead, hexavalent chromium, nickel, cobalt, zinc and asbestos.
In a great show of solidarity, the Huntersview Moms and Greenaction succeeded in getting PG&E to stop sending the PCBs from the power plant cleanup to be dumped in the farmworker town of Kettleman City in California’s San Joaquin Valley, a town where residents suffer a high rate of birth defects, miscarriages and infant deaths.
Some problems are continuing, with residents reporting toxic dust emissions affecting them in their homes in the Huntersview Public Housing located across the street from PG&E.
Air Pollution from the Demolition/Construction at Huntersview Public Housing:
Greenaction is working with the Huntersview Moms and their youth group Youth N Action to stop the dust and toxic emissions problems from the demolition work at the dilapidated Huntersview Public Housing. Residents are concerned that work by developer the John Stuart company is making them sick, and there has been inadequate enforcement of air pollution laws by regulatory agencies.