On Treasure Island, people live inside toxic cleanup zones

Report By Carol Harvey, Investigative Reporter, The San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper

MPPEH and Materiel Which May Present an Explosive Hazard

MPPEH is a designation for material that is owned or controlled by DOD that, prior to determination of its explosive safety status, potentially contains explosive hazards and/or munitions. MPPEH is addressed by DOD Instruction 4140.62, “Material Potentially Presenting an Explosive Hazard,” November 25, 2008.

DLA Disposition Services must ensure that only Material Documented as Safe (MDAS) may be released to the public. As such, MPPEH property requires an MDAS Certification or Inert Certification prior to turn-in.

MDAS/Inert Certification must be included or attached to the DD Form 1348-1A and on each container/property.

  • Munitions containers and packaging material
  • Munitions debris remaining after munitions use
  • Demilitarization residue
  • Disposal and range-related debris

Material potentially containing a high enough concentration of explosives such that the material presents and explosive hazard such as: equipment, drainage systems, holding tanks, piping, and ventilation ducts that were associated with munitions productions, demilitarization, or disposal operations.

MDAS is MPPEH that has been assessed and documented as not presenting an explosive hazard. MDAS Certification requires two independent signatures by trained and certified personnel.

The first signatory must be a technically-qualified, DOD employee or DOD Contractor who either witnessed or performed the initial 100-percent inspection or DDESB (Defense Explosive Safety Board)-approved processing of the material.

The second signatory must be a technically-qualified, U.S. citizen who is either a DOD employee or DOD Contractor who either performed or witnessed the 100-percent re-inspection or conducted an independent quality assurance inspection of processed material using an approved sampling method.

Each signatory must ensure the chain of custody was maintained before signing the explosives safety documentation.

The following MPPEH will be accepted by DLA Disposition Services as long as the MPPEH is certified Inert and includes an Inert Certification:

  • Small arms and light weapons (complete weapon)
  • Barrel assembly and upper receiver
  • Ammunition pouches/outer tactical vests/individual load-bearing equipment/Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment (MOLLE)
  • Ammunition magazines and clips
  • Bandoleers and ammunition belts
  • Dummy munitions

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2011 Nuclear Radiation Maps of Treasure Island Housing made by the Navy

Citation: TREASURE ISLAND, SITE 12 GAMMA SURVEY REPORT SURVEY DATES: APRIL 5-7, 2011

In 2011 the Navy conducted a radiological survey and found Radium, Thorium, Uranium, Radioactive Potassium and Radioactive Thallium under the housing at Treasure Island by driving a towed array of radiation detectors over the streets and yards producing a map of radiation for the Housing on Site 12 at Treasure Island Naval Base. This article will show many of the maps created of the Radiation at the housing on Treasure Island.

The materials were not cleaned up at the time, but these isotopes give off radiation at certain frequencies and by reading these frequencies we can know what types of materials are giving off the gamma and X rays of these specific isotopes. The Chart below shows the different frequencies and their corresponding isotopes listed across the top. This is gamma radiation. Alpha and Beta radiation require laboratory work to confirm their presence. So you would not be able to detect Plutonium in this study, which was used in the Radiation Training at Treasure Island.

The radiation was centered on the area of the island where the Navy conducted the Radiological, Chemical and Biological Training using mock ups of a ship, the USS Pandemonium, an airplane, and a field gun. Eventually the Navy would collect Radium objects that were in the first 10 inches of soil and place them in boxes to be sorted out later in 2018.

In response to the increase in radiation, the Navy extended the chain link fences in order to protect the residents from what turned out to be a nuclear disaster. See Survey Findings below.

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Building Housing on top of Munitions Bunkers at Treasure Island

Map of Site 12 showing the radiation found in the TREASURE ISLAND, SITE 12 GAMMA SURVEY REPORT
SURVEY DATES: APRIL 5-7, 2011 The red areas are three times the background level of radiation requiring removal.
BASEWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL BASELINE SURVEY REPORT FOR NAVAL STATION TREASURE ISLAND, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, MAY 19, 1995 Note the T numbers
PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT SITE INSPECTION OF NAVAL STATION TREASURE ISLAND, CA. VOLUME I, NEESA 13-092, NAVAL ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Port Hueneme, California 93043 April 1988

Treasure Island had Ammunition Bunkers located under the housing of the base which is located on the left side of this map and here is a close up below.

The Baseline survey claimed the Navy destroyed the bunkers before they built housing on the site but the bunkers are still there and the Navy has recovered munitions including a report in 2019 of a Japanese Mortar with over 6 pounds of high Explosive just in that one bomb which just for that one item the required setback for any civilian construction is 180 feet according to 27 CFR § 555.218 – Table of distances for storage of explosive materials. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/27/555.218.

27 CFR § 555.218 – Table of distances for storage of explosive materials. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/27/555.218
27 CFR § 555.218 – Table of distances for storage of explosive materials. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/27/555.218

The Japanese Mortar Shell was one of many munitions listed in the 2019 report removed and detonated at Travis Air Force Base according to the
FINAL POST-CONSTRUCTION SUMMARY REPORT Non-Time Critical Removal Action for Solid Waste Disposal Areas Westside Drive, Bayside Drive, and North Point Drive, Radiological Characterization, Building Demolition, and Remediation, Installation Restoration Site 12 (Phase III) FORMER NAVAL STATION TREASURE ISLAND SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, December 2019, p 4-24

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Breaks My Heart – Skatepark built on nuclear waste site and the city didn’t warn them of the danger

The evolution of the skate board Park at Treasure Island and while these people were building it and getting the approval from the City and the TIDA board, they were being exposed to 60 Rems per year of nuclear radiation and the City didn’t tell them about it. That seems to be the theme of Treasure Island, the city approves of businesses and organizations to build on the site and yet they know the radiation is there and they fail to tell them about it. It is called murder.

Carol Harvey, investigative reporter for the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper sent a video to this video, they deserve an award, it’s beautiful and a great story about persistence and hard work. And it breaks my heart to know that there is a reason why the land is abandoned.

Carol Harvey writes:

Watch and weep!

Then Read and Weep!

There are fine island shots and a great feel to this interesting, tragic, video that a skateboard boy told me about today. Some well-meaning skateboarders, excited by finally feeling accepted, aren’t told that next door powerful radiation sources are being emitted from the RADIAC schools, Bldg 342, Bldg 343, and Bldg 344, the underground bunker where (probably) plutonium and (definitely) cesium-137 with forever half-lives were stored. They aren’t aware that Rich Rovetti and those venal TIDA Board members just boot folks off the island when they tire of them or they get in the way.

In 2013, investigative reporters, Matt Smith and Katherine Meiszkowski dug cesium-137 from the soil behind the RADIAC Schools and wrote about their findings in the excellent article quoted and linked below.

Read and Weep this excerpt from the article:

Treasure Island soil tests find nuclear byproduct in future development site
By MATT SMITH and KATHARINE MIESZKOWSKI
Center for Investigative Reporting
Published: April 12, 2013

(The reporters’) “samples were taken from under a palm tree 50 feet from a classroom building where cesium was kept according to military archives. A 1974 radiation safety audit identified cesium samples used and stored there with radioactivity several times the amount necessary to injure or kill someone who mishandled them. In 1993, shipping manifests from the same building showed even greater amounts of cesium-137 taken away from the same site that year.”

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Fort Mason in San Francisco received nuclear materials from Atomic Energy Commission and NRC

BASEWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL BASELINE SURVEY REPORT FOR
NAVAL STATION TREASURE ISLAND, SAN FRANCISCO,
CALIFORNIA, MAY 19, 1995

The Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and later the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent radioactive materials to Fort Mason in San Francisco which is right next to Fisherman’s Wharf. Every Naval Base, ship or other location had radiological training where they received radioactive isotopes from the Atomic Energy Commission or later by the Department of Energy or the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The base was the location of the Military Sea Transportation Service. Form AEC-313.

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2008 Treasure Island Site 6 contaminated with 20 picacuries per gram of Radium 226 site report to NRC

Site 6 is the first Hydraulic Training School, it moved in 1989 to the Southeastern portion of the island, this included the 1st USS Buttercup. There is a CSPAN video at time stamp 18:17 from January 30 1991 during Operation Desert Storm showing the radiological training in the second “USS Buttercup” training device which was a mock up of a two decks of a ship that would sink, fill with water to simulate and train sailors on how to plug holes and conduct radiological scans of a sinking ship. For more articles on the USS Buttercup click here.

PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT SITE INSPECTION OF NAVAL STATION TREASURE ISLAND, CA. VOLUME I, NEESA 13-092, NAVAL ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Port Hueneme, California 93043 April 1988

December 8 2008

From the Report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission: “

Environmental Management Services, Inc. (EMS) plans to us its NRC License, No. 0429295-01, effective Tuesday, January 6, 2009, for radioactive waste package handling and sampling related activities at Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA. The soil is contaminated with Ra-226 (average concentration is 20 pCi/g). These activities are expected to continue for approximately 18 months and will be conducted within a separately fenced area inside Site 6. These are the same activities EMS performed under reciprocity (RTS #105) issued January 8, 2008. This notification meets license condition 14.”

Editors Note: The safe level of radiation at Treasure island was set at 1.69 picocurries per gram. the background was measured to be .69 picocuries and they added another picocurie to that amount to create a baseline of radiation exposure site wide. Note this is a site that was not considered radiologically affected and yet the radiation levels were over 11 times the safe level of radiation.

PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT SITE INSPECTION OF NAVAL STATION TREASURE ISLAND, CA. VOLUME I, NEESA 13-092, NAVAL ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Port Hueneme, California 93043 April 1988

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ATF San Francisco Field Laboratory at Treasure Island radioactive foils


Hydrogen3 is Tritium

Nickel63
Stanford Environmental and Health and Safety
Princeton report on how Geiger Counters can’t detect it.

1401 Research Boulevard
Rockville, Maryland 20850
April 29, 1987

Refer to
OC:L:F:WDK
7120

United States Nuclear Regulatory
Commission – Region 1
631 Park Avenue
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406

Gentlemen:

This is a formal request for amending our existing materials license 119833-01. Proposed amendments are listed below:

  1. Nickel63 foil contained in a VICTOREEN INSTRUMENT-model #4008-4-15 located in room 167 ATF National Laboratory Center facility. Rockville, Maryland will be transferred to our San Francisco Field Laboratory 233 Naval Station, Treasure Island. California.
  2. This laboratory System is also in the process of finalizing the purchase of an explosives detector manufactured by SENTEX SENSING TECHNOLOGY. INC. (Scanex. jr.-Serial a1 # 60K-139 containing Hydrogen3 Titanium Tritide foils safety light-model #508-3). which will also be located at the San Francisco Field Laboratory. Note conditions of existing license regarding instrumentation located at our Rockville and Treasure Island Laboratory facilities. Please find enclosed copy of existing license # 1918331-01.

Sincerely Yours,
William D. Kinard
Forensic Chemist