Treasure Island Radium Vault and Hazardous Waste Facility at TI Skatepark – Update

The Radium Vault is a place the Navy stored radioactive Materials underground in a bunker that is a Hot Cell, a place of storage and mixing radioactive materials. It is located on the other side of the building from the Treasure Island Skatepark and TIDA knew this when they allowed the Skateboarders to build there. This may be the most radioactively impacted site on the base as it was used to store Radium, Plutonium, Cesium 137, Cobalt 60, Strontium and other radioactive materials.

Radioactive materials used during facility operation have included
Potassium-42, Sodium-24, Radium-226, Cesium-137, Bromine-80 and 82, and,
Plutonium-239 compounds (Table 5-1). Use of Radium-226 was discontinued by the Navy in 1984. Radioactive materials currently are stored in Building 344
adjacent to Building 343. p 5-8 Source:

TREASURE ISLAND PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT I SITE INSPECTION OF NAVAL STATION TREASURE ISLAND. CA. SSIC NO. 5090.3.A APRIL.1988; N60028_000156; NAVAL ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY Port Hueneme. California 93043

Note Plutonium is an Alpha emitter and the only way to reliably confirm this is by using swabs to get it and then test it in a lab. Alpha contamination is also found in the Radium and this is particularly dangerous as alpha particles can get inside of you and slowly give you cancer over time. Bone cancers, lung cancer and blood cancers, are the most common types but it is particularly bad in young people still growing as it affects them much worse than adults. This is why when TIDA put the skatepark there knowing the location was next to the radium vault, that is murder. You can see the TIDA board with all smiles giving the Skateboarders permission to build their skatepark on the contaminated site. in the video at the end of this article.

Google Map if you zoom out of the map you can see the proximity to the Treasure Island Skatepark.

The bunker is that broken structure between the two buildings, it is a Hot Cell an underground bunker where you store nuclear materials, radioactive isotopes and the Navy is trying to tear it down but it is a bunker designed to safely store radioactive materials so all they can do is chip away at it. This is something you don’t want to be chipping away at, as it is radioactive in the extreme! Matt Smith found Cesium 137 on this site.

As you can see in this photograph that shows the hydraulic training school building and the damage control building, the entrance to the underground bunker is between the two buildings and the Navy is trying to remove it but it is well made and I will have an article on the construction of these buildings as the Navy published the regulations on how to build underground radiation and chemical bunkers.

And this photograph below is from the 1994 Baseline survey report showing the bunker properly identified between the two buildings.

page 55 of 83
BASEWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL BASELINE SURVEY REPORT FOR NAVAL STATION TREASURE ISLAND CONTRACT N62474-92-D-3607 DELIVERY ORDER (0005) Prepared For: Engineering Field Activity West Naval Facilities Engineering Command San Bruno, California May 19, 1995 
Radium Vault Structure 344 near the Hydraulic Training School buildings 342 and 343 to the left (North) on this map.
The Treasure Island Skatepark is located immediately to the left (North) of the former building 342 in the tennis courts in area 367. Building to the upper left of the tennis courts was used to store Hazardous Waste sent to disposal
Naval Station Treasure Island, San Francisco, California Phase II Ecological Risk Assessment
Draft Work Plan
Prepared by PRC Environmental Management, Inc. December 19, 1994


The following includes a list of chemicals that were located on the Hazardous Waste Facility on Treasure Island which makes up the East side of the property next to the Treasure Island Skatepark and it indicates the Radium Vault (344 on the map) which is next to the Hydraulic Training School (342) and on M Avenue near 5th Street. The Radium Vault information is here:

BASEWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL BASELINE SURVEY REPORT FOR NAVAL STATION TREASURE ISLAND CONTRACT N62474-92-D-3607 DELIVERY ORDER (0005) Prepared For: Engineering Field Activity West Naval Facilities Engineering Command San Bruno, California May 19, 1995  . page 5-253 p 253 of 302 in the PDF file

“Radioactive materials were stored at Structure 344 (radium vault) between 1961 and 1971. Quantities stored are unknown.” page 5-255 BASEWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL BASELINE SURVEY REPORT FOR NAVAL STATION TREASURE ISLAND CONTRACT N62474-92-D-3607 DELIVERY ORDER (0005) Prepared For: Engineering Field Activity West Naval Facilities Engineering Command San Bruno, California May 19, 1995

Treasure Island Development Authority allowed the placement of the Treasure Island Skatepark on the abandoned Tennis courts without telling the Skatepark founders that the Island was the site of the US NAVY’s Atomic, Biological and Chemical Warfare School and that the site is contaminated with nuclear and chemical waste.

The unsuspecting builders of the Treasure Island Skatepark used the lot directly to the East of the site of the Skatepark for raw materials, using earth to build up ramps and they drove the Concrete Truck across that field in order to build the ramps on the Skatepark, Here is a video of them doing that and watch as the Treasure Island Development Authority let them do it and fail to tell them the risks:https://youtu.be/xzkqlayu0MA

I will be updating this list with more information including the concentration amounts of the chemicals that were sent to the GSA on Naval Air Station Alameda to be sold to the highest bidder. That’s right, the Navy sold off its toxic waste to the highest bidder, some of the most dangerous materials on the face of the earth including the residue of chemical weapons training.

BASEWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL BASELINE SURVEY REPORT FOR NAVAL STATION TREASURE ISLAND, CONTRACT N62474-92-D-3607 DELIVERY ORDER (0005) Prepared For: Engineering Field Activity West Naval Facilities Engineering Command San Bruno, California, May 19, 1995 pp 5-476-479

zirconium chloride (100 lbs./yr)
recyclable wastes (100 tons /yr)
hazardous waste (130 tons/yr)
4,4-methylenedis(2-chloroanimine) with inert components (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
adhesives, paints, solvents, toluene, 1,4-diisocyanate with inert components (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr); PCBs, including transformer articles, capacitors, ballasts,
and debris (1,000 to 100,000 lbs./yr)
potassium superoxide, sodium chlorate, barium dioxide, potassium hydroxide, and metal casings (500,000 to 1,000,000 lbs./yr)
magnesium and inert components (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr); dimethyl sulfate with inert
components (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
mercury vapor residue with metal and glass debris (10,000 to 100,000 lbs./yr); trimethyl ammonium resin (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
hydrochloric acid with water (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
plastic bags with OBA residue, which includes potassium hydroxide, potassium superoxide, barium dioxide, sodium chlorate, and debris; lithium batteries, which contain lithium metal, trace solvents, plastic/nickel casing and acetonitrile (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
mercury with inert components (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
nickel/cadmium batteries, which contain cadmium hydroxide, nickel hydroxide, cobalt hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, water, and packaging (1,000 to 10,000 lbs/yr)
hydrofluoric acid and water (1,000 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
emergency escape breathing apparatia, which contain sodium chlorate, potassium perchlorate, barium peroxide, lithium hyderoxide, and casing material (1,000 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
sodium cyanide, organic acid, water, and metals (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
sodium aside with inert components (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr); magnesium batteries, which contain
zinc metal, magnesium dioxide, mercuric chloride, zinc compound, ammonium chariot, water, and inert
materials (1,000 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
selenium compounds (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
beryllium, brake shoes/parts, rags, and clothing (500 to 10,000 lbs. /yr)
sodium cyanide with inert components (1,500 lbs./yr)
sodium arsenite with inert components (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
calcium hypochlorite with inert components (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
sodium hypochlorite with inert components (500 to 10,000 Ibs/yr)
methyl isocyanate with inert components (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
mercuric chloride with inert components (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
hydrazine with inert components (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
hypochlorite salts with inert components (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr)
lithium hydroxide with inert components (500 to 10,000 lbs./yr);

sodium peroxide with inert components (500 to 10,000 lbs/yr)
vinyl chloride with inert component (500 to 10,000 lbs/yr)
potassium metal with inert component (500 to 10,000 Ibs/yr)
lithium metal with inert component (500 to 10,000 lbs/yr)
hydroiodic acid with inert component (100 to 10,000 lbs/yr)
hydrocyanic acid, phosphoric acid, and inert component (100 to 10,000 lbs/yr)
sodium bifluoride with inert component (500 to 10,000 lbs/yr)
mercury salts with inert component (100 to 10,000 lbs/yr)
cyanide salts with inert component (100 to 10,000 Ibs/yr);
hydrobramic acid with inert component (100 to 10,000 Ibs/yr)
sodium metal (10 to 100 Ibs/yr)
sulfuric acid and casing (1,000 to 10,000 Ibs/yr)
lead acid batteries, which contain lead and arsenic (1,000 to 10,000 Ibs/quarter)
chlorine gas (150 Ibs /yr)
selenious acid, curie nitrate, nickel sulfate, and inert components (100 to 1,000 Ibs/yr)
calcium metal (10 to 100 Ibs/yr)
white phosphorus with water (20 Ibs/yr)
yellow phosphorus (20 Ibs/yr).

During the site inspection, the following types and
quantities of hazardous waste were identified in the
southern portion of Parcel T1l7:
four safes and filing cabinets with asbestos-containing material
one 55gallon drum of mercury and silver amalgam
one 5 gallon drum of lubricants
one 55-gallon drum of film
one 5-gallon drum of toner
two 55-gallon drums of lead
one 55-gallon drum of empty propane cylinders
one 55-gallon drum and one 5-gallon drum of petroleum naphtha
one 55-gallon drum of trichloroethylene/ benzene.
Although these wastes were properly segregated, there was no secondary containment system.

The Skatepark was put together using found items including dirt from the neighboring areas. This video section starts with the Concrete Truck driving across the field used to store Hazardous waste to get to the site of the tennis court they used for the skatepark

TI-Radiological Defense, Chemical Warfare & Assoc. Subjects, 7 December 1951

Medical News Letter, United States Navy. vol. 18, Number 11.  7 December 1951. Editor Captain L. B. Marshall, MC, USN
Graduate and Postgraduate Training for Dental Officers, page 28
https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.$b364864?urlappend=%3Bseq=378

Course: “Radiological Defense, Chemical Warfare & Assoc. Subjects
Activity: Naval Damage Control Training Center, Treasure Island, Calif Continue reading “TI-Radiological Defense, Chemical Warfare & Assoc. Subjects, 7 December 1951”

TI-Atomic, Biological and Chemical Training on USS Pandemonium Dec 1956 Naval Training Bulletin

USS Pandemonium being built for Biological, Chemical training. Naval Training Bulletin December 1956 pp 9-11. HathiTrust Link
Note the students training:
Page 10: July 1955 – – Students practice Biological and chemical warfare countermeasures on deckhouse.
PAGE 10: Lower right Construction work is suspended temporarily for class drills.
PAGE 11: September 1956 – – A class hoses down the main deck aft. The 40 mm and K guns have just been acquired.

Naval Training Bulletin December 1956, pg. 9

TI-The Evolution of the USS Pandemonium, US Navy Medical News Letter, 1/03/1957

Description of the Atomic, Biological and Chemical training center at Treasure Island Navy Base including the showers necessary to decontaminate the students from the Biological and Chemical Training Center at Treasure Island.

The Evolution of the USS Pandemonium US Navy Medical News Letter, Vol. 29, No. 5 Friday, l March 1957 page 14 Continue reading “TI-The Evolution of the USS Pandemonium, US Navy Medical News Letter, 1/03/1957”