MAP: Key Alameda Point cleanup sites

MAP: Key Alameda Point cleanup sites

Michele Ellson

Images courtesy of the City of Alameda.

When the federal government shut Naval Air Station Alameda's doors, in 1997, the prevailing wisdom was that cleanup of the toxics the Navy left behind would be complete in a few years, for less than $100 million. Eighteen years and more than a half billion dollars later, the cleanup team working to clear and contain contamination at the federal Superfund site ranging from solvents to fuel, metals and radioactive paint is still on the job - with at least another half dozen years to go before they're done.

The Navy turned over nearly 1,400 acres of land and water at the Point to the city in 2013 and another 624 acres to the Department of Veterans Affairs this past summer. The handover of hundreds of acres of additional land is expected to take place over the next five to seven years as cleanup and containment efforts are completed. But those deadlines have been pushed out before, and could be again if new contaminants are discovered during the cleanup process.

The City Council will get an update on the cleanup process at its meeting tonight; here are some highlights. The full presentation is on the city's website.


Submitted by Gerard L. (not verified) on Tue, Jan 20, 2015

I read through Peter Russell's presentation to the City Council and am puzzled by one statement he makes:

"DTSC stewards forever."

Where is the evidence that DTSC has ever been a steward of the environment in Alameda?

Here is one example of DTSC in Alameda: Shinsei Garden Apartment's Corrective Action Workplan.

The DTSC Project Manager signed off saying it was (almost) completed to plan, and a DTSC engineer went even further in certifying the plan had been completed according to all specifications.

This has to rank highly on the most incompetent remediation projects ever - something that should be thought in engineering courses on ethics.

The system installed does not work. The specified air sampling required after the system was installed was never completed.

I am not saying that residents at Shinsei Gardens may have some existing or future toxic exposure risk from the contaminated groundwater that remains underneath their homes.

What I am saying is that the two DTSC employees who signed of on this project don't care.

Submitted by Keith Nealy (not verified) on Tue, Jan 20, 2015

Would it be possible to include links along side the pictures to larger versions of the maps? I often can't read the maps or diagrams you include in your blog. Thanks. The visuals are great, but not so much if I can't read them.

Submitted by Jeff F. (not verified) on Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Who were the 2 DTSC engineers?