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

Carol Harvey on KPFA – Flashpoints, The Treasure Island chemical and radiological burns on residents during construction

Go to time stamp 41:30, and start listening after the song ‘No Use.” ┬áThat’s where Dennis Bernstein begins his interviews with Carol and Asia at about 5:45 pm on Thursday,┬áMarch 25, 2021. Carol is with Asia William who lived and worked on the island and received burns on her legs from walking in the grass on the island. Only people who have left the island can talk freely about their experiences; if you live on the island they will evict you if you speak out about the problems.
Also see Carol’s article in the Bay View National Black Newspaper Breaking news: An emergency on Treasure Island March 25, 2021.

Coast Guard conducts Radiological Test at Treasure Island St Patrick’s Day 2021

Yesterday, March 21, 2021, the US Coast Guard conducted a radiological test at Treasure Island and issued an order to prevent any vessel approaching the island.

Special Local Regulation; Bay Guardian Exercise, Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA

Special Local Regulation; Bay Guardian Exercise, Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA

Coast Guard Notice

[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 47 (Friday, March 12, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 13998-14000]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-05258]



Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 100

[Docket No. USCG-2021-0118]
RIN 1625-AA08

Special Local Regulation; Bay Guardian Exercise, Treasure Island,
San Francisco, CA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary special local
regulation (SLR) in the navigable waters of the San Francisco Bay, near
Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA in support of the Bay Guardian 2021
exercise. This special local regulation will temporarily restrict
vessel traffic in the vicinity of Treasure Island and prohibit vessels
and persons not participating in the exercise from entering the
regulated area. The purpose of the exercise it to use radioactive
detection equipment in a mock scenario. The exercise will be
interrupted, as necessary, to permit the passage of commercial vessel
traffic. Exercise participants and non-participants operating within
the SLR area shall comply with all instructions given by the on-scene
Patrol Commander monitoring the event. This regulation is necessary to
provide safety of life on the navigable waters during the exercise,
which will be held on March 17, 2021.

DATES: This rule is effective from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 17, 2021.