toxic cleanup

This year’s tour highlighting toxic cleanup efforts at Alameda Point forsook the technological whiz-bang of prior years’ cross-base bus rides for a more prosaic sight: A gaggle of Caspian terns perched on a sand bar in a restored wetland area that’s part of the 624-acre chunk of the former air station the Navy handed off to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in June.

A long-sought field of dreams for disabled youth has moved a step closer to reality.

The Navy is seeking public input on its decision to halt the cleanup of contaminated groundwater east of Alameda Point after determining the toxins won’t hurt residents, workers or schoolchildren.

The Navy is seeking the public’s opinion on a proposed $20 million cleanup of 47 acres of Alameda Point that city leaders hope will someday serve as a town center with a mix of homes, businesses and parks.

Comments will be accepted through May 31, and a public hearing on the plan is scheduled for May 15.

The Navy wants to change its cleanup plan for a former Naval Air Station landfill. Maps from the Navy's 2009 cleanup plan for the landfill and its environs.

New information about a former dump at Alameda Point that’s contaminated with radium and a host of other toxic chemicals could prompt changes in the controversial plan to clean it up. But the Navy’s proposed changes would do little to reduce the amount of hazardous waste buried in the dump, which fronts onto San Francisco Bay.