Stauffer Chemical (now Astra Zeneca) had a uranium processing mill in Richmond CA. This is the Atomic Energy Commission license to process and cut uranium for use in Nuclear Weapons. I am placing this article on my Treasure Island page as Stauffer Chemical Company was a supplier for the US Chemical Warfare Service in World War II and after and Treasure Island conducted training using Mustard Gas, a poison gas which was outlawed in the Treaty of Versailles.
Stauffer Chemical Company was immediately to the East of what is now the UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station, which also includes the US EPA Field Laboratory for Region 9 which encompasses California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, the Pacific Islands and Native American toxic waste sites. It is also less than a mile from the California Department of Public Health and all of these locations are within contamination range of the site. Nuclear radatiion can affect lab equipment.
Building 458 is on the same block as the Radium Vault, the location where Treasure Island stored its nuclear materials from the Atomic Energy Commission and then later by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The materials were first sent to Fort Mason and the Military Sea Transport Service took them by ship to Treasure Island because you cannot move munitions over the Bay Bridge. So all of the area around Fort Mason needs to be evaluated by the EPA for not only nuclear radiation but chemical compounds as this fort was used in world war II to ship out material and personnel.
San Francisco has many bases that were used in World War II including the Damage Control School which was located at 21st street and Folsom Avenue in the Mission District.
Treasure Island contamination Zones are well within the city of San Francisco, including City Hall which is just within the 4 mile limit of TI. Ground water and air contamination zones go out from the source to four miles from the site. This applies to all toxic waste sites. For each mile marker there is a separate level of contamination depending on its type and source. The people of San Francisco are directly affected by the Atomic, Biological and Chemical Warfare training on Treasure Island.
For some strange reason the State of California allows people to build on toxic waste sites and they seem to limit the borders of the contamination to the property line of the site of the contamination. But under Federal Law, 40 CFR Appendix A to Part 300 – The Hazard Ranking System which is used to determine if a site is subject to Superfund status, the range of contamination goes out to various distances from the exact contamination site.
This means that most of silicon Valley is in huge trouble as they not only have large areas of contamination, the distances of risk encompass most of the land area. the problem is far larger than the fence line of your property! There are various distances listed in the law: 40 CFR Appendix A to Part 300 – The Hazard Ranking System
200 Feet from the exact site of contamination –
Note at Treasure Island residents live on the sites, Either directly over the contamination or adjacent to it.
“5.1.1 Resident population threat. Evaluate the resident population threat only if there is an area of observed contamination in one or more of the following locations:
Within the property boundary of a residence, school, or day care center and within 200 feet of the respective residence, school, or day care center, or
Within a workplace property boundary and within 200 feet of a workplace area, or
Within the boundaries of a resource specified in section 184.108.40.206.4, or Within the boundaries of a terrestrial sensitive environment specified in section 220.127.116.11.5.
If not, assign the resident population threat a value of 0, enter this value in Table 5-1, and proceed to the nearby population threat (section 5.1.2).”
Quarter of a Mile from the exact site of contamination – Level I Contamination –
Which means all of the housing at TI. The calculation includes the number of residents within this distance. Under these regulations, the current residents need to be evacuated.
Quarter of a mile to 1 Mile from the exact site of contamination – Level II Contamination –
Everyone on Treasure Island. If Treasure Island is developed the 21000 people within this distance will increase the risk by a factor of 10 where if any radiation or chemical contamination is found on the site, it will require a total evacuation until the site is remediated. The Board of Supervisors (BOS) will have to face an immediate and emergency evacuation of Treasure Island are they prepared? did anyone mention this to the BOS?
3 Miles from exact site of Contamination –
This covers most of the Business district of San Francisco. Applies to Groundwater and Air contamination
4 Miles air and Groundwater Contamination –
All the way to City Hall from Treasure Isand – Applies to Groundwater and Air contamination See notes below
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
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:
This article explains the spreadsheet of radiological items discovered in 2013 which the Navy buried in a box below the housing in 2015 then removed them in 2018 thus exposing the residents to 60 rems per year for 5 years before they removed them, thus exposing the residents to 300 REMS of nuclear radiation in violation of the law.
On May 26th of 2021 the Navy reported finding new objects in the soil and one of them is 30 REMS per year of nuclear radiation or 3500 mR/hr. This one object is a nuclear accident, it violates the immediate one hour danger level of 2000 mR/ hr exposure and it violates the 100,000 mR/year exposure by 300 times the amount of radiation for a member of the public.
I will go into more detail on the recent find in another article but I posted the initial report at the end of this article.
Spreadsheet of 684 Radium objects, numbers 596 to 1280, found in the top 10 inches of soil10 at Treasure Island California exposing the residents to 60.409 Rems of Radiation each year.
55 REMS of that total comes from one location the B-25 box where the Navy collected radioactive objects found on the site of the Radiological Training Area on Treasure Island which was demolished to build housing upon the site starting in the 1960s. There are other objects some with radiation levels higher than in this list (including one that was 3500 mR/hr (µrem/hr) or 30 REMS per year in a report published on May 26, 202112 which means the exposure of people on the Island goes up to 90 Rems per year) and I will post them in subsequent articles to be linked here. An explanation of each column is below.
The Spreadsheet shows that they knew about the radiation, the exact amounts but let it sit there on the site over many years and the amounts add up. 2 years is 120 REMS of exposure, 3 is 180 REMSs, so every object they uncover adds to the amounts exposed to the public. This is a direct violation of the law:
200 feet is the boundary between a radiological site and the civilian residents. If a civilian lives within 200 feet of the fence of a radiological or any type of toxic waste site they are considered to be ON THE SITE. There is no boundary at Treasure Island, the residents are living ON THE SITE!
This is a direct violation of the very law cited on page 1-2 of this report where they claim compliance with the “National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (Code of Federal Regulations [CFR], Title 40, Part 300) and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation.
40 CFR Appendix A to Part 300 – The Hazard Ranking System: 5.1.1 Resident population threat. Evaluate the resident population threat only if there is an area of observed contamination in one or more of the following locations:
• Within the property boundary of a residence, school, or day care center and within 200 feet of the respective residence, school, or day care center, or
• Within a workplace property boundary and within 200 feet of a workplace area, or
• Within the boundaries of a resource specified in section 18.104.22.168.4, or
• Within the boundaries of a terrestrial sensitive environment specified in section 22.214.171.124.5.
If not, assign the resident population threat a value of 0, enter this value in Table 5-1, and proceed to the nearby population threat (section 5.1.2).
There are two levels of safe radiation, one is the immediate dose and the other is the yearly dose. The Navy decided to only list the radiation by the hour to show that it does not exceed the immediate dose but failed to place on the same chart the yearly dose which prove it is a nuclear disaster area, so I calculated it by multiplying the per hour dose by 8760 hours in a year and divided the legal dosages per year by 8760 to get the hourly amounts.
60 Rems of radiation will give you a 1 in 4 chance of getting cancer11, that is just for starters, it gets worse from there. Also the Navy discovered this for these specific objects in 2013, why did they choose to not evacuate the people, knowing exactly the danger? That’s 300 REMS of Radiation needlessly exposing the residents of Treasure Island which increased their chance of getting cancer to 74 in 10011 And we now they had radiation surveys in reports published in 2007.
The RSY Pads in the above map (page 111) of the cleanup sites for nuclear radiation were places where they removed objects from B-25 boxes to dry out the materials and you will notice the locations are within 200 feet of housing. The materials in the boxes buried under ground which were collected in the past and buried there for the cleanup, had to be dried out as the conditions under ground is the water table is very high and they had to dry out everything so they exposed everyone to these dry out locations with the 60 Rems of radiation. This is gamma radiation which requires 6 feet of lead to protect you from the exposure so the radiation buried under ground is just as radioactive as when they put them on the drying locations. So the people of Site 12 have been exposed each year with the full dose of 60 Rems from these radium objects.
The correct symbol for a micro Rem is µrem. The footnotes to the Navy Table on page 185 of the report notify that they using Micro Rems which is a millionth of a Rem but they use the wrong symbol on their spreadsheets. The Navy’s spreadsheet uses mR for microrem. mrems are mili rems or 1/1000th of a REM.
So you have
The annual doss for a member of the public is 100 milli rems designated as 100 mrem
100 mrem is 0.1 REM
100 mrem is 100,000 micro rems which in this report is designated as mR but in the real world it is µrem and the only reason the would do this is to confuse people.
In this spreadsheet Item 777 at the top of the spreadsheet (above): Cumulative number: 777 item number: 10/21/2015-337 Description: Foil Date Recovered: 10/21/2015 Location Identified: B-25 Box 2830 95% complete Originating SWDA (Solid Waste Disposal Area): Westside Item loaded into US Army JMC Waste Brooker Transfer Container-date: 2/15/2018 Radiation Level Highest Contact (mR/h)1: 260I Highest Contact Level per year x X 8760 (hours): 2,277,600 which is 2.2776 REMS per year) Individual Members of the public Dose 100 mrems per year value in micro rems/per hour:11.4