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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TI – C-Span Video showing radiation training using Geiger counters at Treasure Island Navy Base JANUARY 30, 1991

https://www.c-span.org/video/?16122-1/tour-naval-station-treasure-island#
This video shows the chemical, Biological and Radiological training that sailors were learning in preparation for the first Gulf War.

Time Stamps of particular training:

4:20 Captain in charge of base: chemical warfare   gas chamber with tear gas

09:33 Commanding officer USS Excel, Minesweeper finding and catching mines.

12:00 mine hunting in south bay area or just outside the golden gate

18:17 NTTC inside the USS Buttercup Alan Larson who heads the NTTC
At 28:16 which is the beginning of the actual drill they are checking for radiological damage notice the yellow box with the wand.

29:23: white smoke no flame

29:52: Radiological damage

49:53: Gas Chamber CS Gas looks like the lower floor of the pandemonium II is the gas chamber

56:28: Pandemonium II explaining the gas chamber test in front of USS Pandemonium II . Note the first USS Pandemonium was located under the current housing and was the site of chemical, biological and radiological training including the use of Mustard Gas training on the site https://treasureislandcalifornia.wordpress.com/2021/01/27/ti-map-uss-pandemonium-1-under-present-day-housing-at-treasure-island-atomic-biological-and-chemical-warfare-training-site/

The Navy moved the ship to the northeast side of the island and used it for gas training after offensive use of Chemical and Biological weapons were outlawed. But it is exactly the same ship

57:43: Fire fighting  left to right Boiler Room Simulator, Engine Room simulator, and foc’sle simulator which is the forecastle the front of a ship simulator

Note: the minesweeper was also featured in this film from 1950 where they are spraying a biological disease into the air in order to determine how far and how effective their methods are in using biological warfare offensively. Same minesweeper used in the training in 1991 as in 1950 https://treasureislandcalifornia.wordpress.com/2021/01/25/ti-film-1951-the-navy-purposely-contaminating-san-francisco-with-a-biological-disease-to-prove-it-can-happen/