Contamination left by US navy found to have 400 times the EPA’s human exposure limits, but military branch denies report.
t was called Treasure Island in honour of Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirate classic, but the artificial island off San Francisco bay has nothing but trouble buried in its soil: radioactive contamination left by the US navy.
Internal documents and emails from the navy and public health officials reveal that the contamination, a legacy of ships exposed to atomic blasts and radiation training during the cold war, is more widespread than previously thought.
The navy reportedly bungled a clean-up, leaving topsoil with 400 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s human exposure limits.
The revelations have alarmed some of the island’s 2,800 residents and cast a shadow over plans to start building high-rise apartments for 20,000 more people next year.
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