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EAST BAY Toxic Waste Sites

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Toxic Waste sites in San Francisco

I posted this 5 hour ago and then I just noticed it was gone. What the hell WordPress? We are back again.

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Howard Center Oakland A’s stadium site was GE’s port of entry for Nuclear Reactor Fuel Rods

Nuclear Regulatory Commission has several surviving documents on General Electric moving Nuclear Reactor Fuel Rods to and from the Oakland Howard Terminal from its Vallecitos Nuclear Center near Pleasanton California where they were regularly shipping nuclear reactor fuel rods to Europe and back to be irradiated and tested. This is just one of the reports from May 18 1984:

Requests route approval per 10CFR73,for shipment of spent irradiated reactor fuel from Oakland to Pleasanton, CA.

Alameda County approves Howard Terminal as site for Oakland A’s new stadium November 7 2021 https://www.5thnews.com/2021/11/alameda-county-approves-howard-terminal_418.html
They are awaiting an Environmental Impact Statement, I wonder if they know the history of the Port of Oakland and nuclear waste?

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Polaris Missiles launched at Hunters Point Shipyard into SF Bay tested by Westinghouse Sunnyvale CA 1959

Westinghouse Electric Corporation Annual Report 1959 ANNUAL REPORT
WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORPORATION-3 Gateway Center, Pittsburgh 22, Pennsylvania

Westinghouse Electric Corporation Annual Report 1959 ANNUAL REPORT
WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORPORATION-3 Gateway Center, Pittsburgh 22, Pennsylvania

“Dummy Polaris missile is blasted skyward, then quickly arrested by cables as part of “Operation Skycatch” at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard. In earlier tests, the dummy missiles were hurled into San Francisco Bay, then retrieved. Under the new method, a huge overhead assembly catches the multi-ton dummy in mid-air, simplifying the retrieving procedure and also permitting accurate study of the effects of launch stresses on dummy missiles which are structurally identical to an actual Polaris. The tests are being conducted by engineers from Westinghouse and the Lockheed Missiles and Space Division in conjunction with the U. S. Navy. Westinghouse is prime contractor for launching equipment, and Lockheed is Polaris missile system prime contractor and manager.”

Before all of the cleanups, and while the US Navy’s Radiological Defense Lab was conducting its radiation experiments all over Hunters Point Shipyard, the Navy was firing off Polaris Missiles spreading the radiation all over the Bay View Hunters Point neighborhood thus causing the highest levels of breast cancer in the world for child bearing age African American Women.

https://sfbayview.com/tag/highest-incidence-rates-of-invasive-breast-cancer-in-the-world/

This is what happens when the Navy keeps things to themselves and refuses to acknowledge the truth, they did this to the people of San Francisco and they should be made to pay for what they have done to the unsuspecting victims of their polution.

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245 biological experiments on US citizens in cities and bases, Navy Biological Warfare Lab in SF Bay

Film of the Navy purposely contaminating 43 square miles of San Francisco with Serratia marcescens in 1950 and in color, at 2:25 “Naval Concepts of Chemical and Biological Warfare” Naval Concepts of Chemical and Biological Warfare (1952), Department of Defense Film Production, National Archives and Records Administration Catalogue # 428.MN.9170A, Declassified NND Authority # 64044

This article will be divide up in sections:

ABC Warfare Defense, Navy Training Course, Bureau of Naval Personnel, NAVPERS, 1960 10099 p 124
notice Alcatraz in the background and the headlands
  • Biological testing involving human subjects by the Department of Defense, 1977 hearings before the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research of the Committee on Human Resources, United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress, first session … March 8 and May 23, 1977
  • p 124
  • Biological testing involving human subjects by the Department of Defense, 1977 hearings before the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research of the Committee on Human Resources, United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress, first session … March 8 and May 23, 1977
  • p 125
  • Biological testing involving human subjects by the Department of Defense, 1977 hearings before the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research of the Committee on Human Resources, United States Senate, Ninety-fifth Congress, first session … March 8 and May 23, 1977
  • p 126
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    The Naval Biological Warfare Laboratory at Oakland Supply Center and the University of California Berkeley

    The Naval Biological Warfare Laboratory in Oakland run by the University of California Berkeley, conducted experiments in infectious disease, fungii, Chemical, Biological and Radiological research for the purpose of protecting Naval Personnel in combat and to develop vaccines and therapeutic methods to treat diseases. Also notice the diseases that affect livestock are an example of a biological weapon. It is this lab that lead the way to the Polio Vaccine and other major works in saving lives. The site is now being developed for real estate.

    The following diseases are featured in this publication – PUBLICATIONS of the Naval Biological Laboratory, School of Public Health University of California and Naval Medical Research Unit #1 Berkeley, California 1942-1965. Notice the articles on dispersing disease over large areas.

    Note many of these diseases were used in Biological warfare tests on the unsuspecting public all over the United States. See main article “245 biological experiments on US citizens in cities and bases, Navy Biological Warfare Lab in SF Bay.”

    Acute toxicity of alcohol

    Anthrax – Bacillus anthracis and Bacillus cereus – Inactivated Bacillus anthracis and Bacillus cereus Biovar anthracis – https://www.cdc.gov/anthrax/basics/index.html

    Bacteriophageshttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK493185/

    Botulism – Botulinal toxin and hemagglutinin

    Bovine Rhinotracheitis Virus – The infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) virus belongs to the group of herpes viruses. It causes in cattle a severe disease predominantly in the upper respiratory tract. Morbidity rate is 100 percent
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/165129/

    Brucella melitensis – Exposure to most species of Brucella, such as those associated with certain types of animals, could potentially lead to infection.
    https://www.cdc.gov/brucellosis/clinicians/brucella-species.html

    Catarrhal fever
    https://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/Factsheets/pdfs/malignant_catarrhal_fever.pdf

    Coccidioides immitis – fungus – coccidioidomycosis. Valley Fever
    https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/coccidioidomycosis/index.html

    Colorado tick fever virus
    https://www.cdc.gov/coloradotickfever/index.html

    Encephalomyocarditis viruses
    https://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/pdf/shic-factsheet-encephalomyocarditis-virus

    Hog Cholera Virus – Classical Swine Fever
    https://vetmed.iastate.edu/vdpam/FSVD/swine/index-diseases/classical-swine-fever

    Influenza

    Influenza B

    Klebsiella pneumoniae
    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/27/2/20-4662_article

    Malleomyces pseudomallei – Bacterium Melioidosis is also called Whitmore disease, Vietnamese time bomb, Nightcliff gardener’s disease, morphia injector’s septicaemia, and paddy-field disease. https://dermnetnz.org/topics/melioidosis

    Murine hepatitis
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/ppmc/articles/PMC7095071/

    Pasteurella pestis – Plague Black Death

    Pneumonic plague in mice
    https://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/plague/faq.asp

    Polio
    https://www.cdc.gov/polio/what-is-polio/index.htm

    Serratia marcescens
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3592283/

    Shigella
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/shigella/symptoms-causes/syc-20377529

    Staphylococci – Staph
    https://medlineplus.gov/staphylococcalinfections.html

    Tubercle bacilli – Tuberculosis
    https://www.cdc.gov/tb/

    Vesicular exanthema of swine – eradicated in 1956

    Vesicular-stomatitis Virus – horses cattle and swine
    https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/cattle-disease-information/vesicular-stomatitis-info

    CONFIRMATORY RADIOLOGICAL SURVEY OF THE NAVAL BIOSCIENCES LABORATORY Region U.S. NAVAL SUPPLY CENTER, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, Radiological Site Assessment Program
    Manpower Education, Research, and Training Division, FINAL REPORT MAY 1988, P.R.COTTEN, at Nuclear Regulatory Commission Website
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    Palo Alto Nuclear Reactor at Baylands Nature Preserve Trailhead and the Dover Nuclear Disaster

    On the left is a nuclear reactor core, on the right is the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve Trailhead

    On the left is a nuclear reactor core, on the right is the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve Trailhead. This company would have a nuclear disaster in a sister plant in New Jersey which resulted in the closure of all of their plants nationwide due to mismanagement.

    Google Map

    International Nutronics Inc ran the Palo Alto reactor also had a reactor in Dover New Jersey (below) that had a serious nuclear accident which the company did not report to the NRC and this resulted in the closure of this reactor in Palo Alto. The company started off at 200 Third St. Los Altos but they had three reactor sites, one in Irvine and this one and the Dover New Jersey plant and a sewage Treatment plant in Menlo Park where they irradiated sewage to kill bacteria.

    The Palo Alto facility had 750,000 Curies of C0-60 source and was used to irradiate food to kill bacteria and for cleaning medical equipment. Basically they would place these things in containers over the reactor and open it up to be irradiated.

    “The potential personnel radiation exposure hazard posed by the sources at large irradiators is substantial. For example, the unshielded dose from a 250,000 Ci Co-60 source is approximately 250,000 rem/hr (69 rem/sec) at 4 feet and approximately 25,000 rem/hr (6.9 rem/sec) at 13 feet. Therefore, a lethal dose could be received within minutes.” – Review of Events at Large Pool-Type Irradiators, E.A. Trager, Jr., Division of Safety Programs Office for Analysis and Evaluation of Operational Data U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Washington, DC 20555 March 1989

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    Apple is located on GE Intersil Superfund site that received radiological isotope Kr 85 from the DOE


    “List of DOE Radioisotope Customers w/Summary of Radioisotope Shipments,FY85.”
    D. A. Baker
    08/31/1986
    Prepared for the U. S. Department of Energy under Contract DE-AC06-76RLO 1830

    Page 2.4 Item number 53.
    G. E. Intersil Inc.
    10710 North Tantau Avenue
    Cupertino, CA 95014


    Given that the Superfund site is the G. E. Intersil site, this associates it with the San Jose G. E. nuclear reactor assembly plant where they were assembling portable nuclear reactors for the US Army, a project started in the mid 1950s when radiological contamination levels were very relaxed and when they were strengthened in 1959 to 1/3 of what they were before, so all of these reactors were too hot for safe use. The entire program was scrapped by 1965. But this program required a large amount of new electronics and this brought about the beginnings of Silicon Valley.

    Unfortunately for the people of San Jose they were dumping waste directly into the sewer system using 1955 standards which are nuclear accidents today. That is the problem with nuclear radiation, the clean up standards of the past, including the most recent past have been less and less radiation so that a site cleaned up 25 years ago is an accident today!

    These were portable nuclear reactors that you could put on a truck, a transport plane, a ship or a train and bring it to a military site that had a deep pool with all of the necessary hook ups to set up a nuclear reactor to power the base or for colleges and universities. These reactors had no meaningful shields and were a serious radiological hazard to modern specifications.

    San Jose CA – GE Nuclear Fuel Processing Facility at The Plant Shopping Center

    There were several other portable nuclear reactor plants in the Bay Area, two I featured in this article Two nuclear reactors sites, 369 Whisman Road Mountainview (now Google) and San Ramon CA where the EPA should also look into assessing the damage to the environment and the people who now live within range of those reactor sites. The 369 Whisman Road reactor site had a high curb surrounding the building to contain the radioactive waste!

    The EPA has regulations on conducting radiological surveys for sites and basically everything within 200 feet of a site is considered on the site, that goes for chemical contamination as well as radiological. DTSC has interpreted this to mean the property lines of toxic waste sites but the EPA has different rules. Then there is the distance from the contamination to a quarter of a mile is considered a near neighbor and the distance from a quarter of a mile to a mile is also a near neighbor but with a different set of calculations. The danger is evaluated based on the population near a site so in the case of Apple, this could be a big problem for them. How many people work in their Wheel?

    The 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.

    It depends on what happened to the Kr 85 which is a Byproduct Material, meaning it came out of a nuclear reactor and cannot be dumped in low level radiation facilities but would have to be disposed of most likely in the Nevada Test Site.

    In order to use an isotope like this, the facility would require a hot cell which is a device or room to store radiological isotopes usually with mechanical hands to remove the isotope from the container and use it in whatever industrial process GE was using at the time and the necessary Geiger counter device to measure the Beta radiation from this isotope. It has a half life of 10 years so its still hot. Some hot cells are portable and look like aquariums or those isolated rooms with hands you see in movies or TV shows.

    I outline the distances using San Francisco as an example showing the ranges of contamination that can result from Chemical, Biological and Radiological contamination in this article:
    “Downtown San Francisco within Contamination Range of Treasure Island Atomic, Biological and Chemical Warfare training sites”

    If the radiation was used on a device that has since decomposed in the soil, then you have the larger ranges of water and air contamination that can go out 4 miles from the site.

    The Question is, does the EPA know that the isotope was used on the site. Given the other sites in the Bay Area I would give my opinion as to say no, but this will have to be looked into.

    If the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had done its job, then there would be a set of inspections and a series of surveys to confirm the radiological isotopes were disposed of property and how they were used.




    Two nuclear reactors sites, 369 Whisman Road Mountainview (now Google) and San Ramon CA

    siteSUMMARY REPORT ON THE HAZARDS OF THE UTR TEST REACTOR
    ATL Job 5164 ATL-D-619 7 June 1961
    Page 46

    SUMMARY REPORT ON THE HAZARDS
    OF THE UTR TEST REACTOR
    ATL Job 5164
    ATL-D-619
    7 June 1961

    Google currently occupies the location where American Standard built portable nuclear reactors that were sent overseas in trade shows for the Atomic Energy Commission and for colleges and universities. The AEC shut down the facility because it was located in a densely populated area and given the accidents from these reactors and that the location had no shielding or even containment for the radioactive gasses and radioactive water, it was decided to pull the plug on the reactors. They had two reactors on site and built these reactors for other entities:

    Iowa State University
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute / North Carolina State college
    Australia (Atomic Energy Commission)
    Japan (Kinki University) Osaka
    Japan (Tokai University)

    SUMMARY REPORT ON THE HAZARDS OF THE UTR TEST REACTOR
    ATL Job 5164 ATL-D-619 7 June 1961
    Page 27

    From the report page 6:

    “B. Reactor Building
    The reactor will be housed in an existing 20′ x 32′ x 14′ eave height steel frame
    reactor building. The building is supported on a reinforced concrete foundation and has corrugated steel walls and roof and a concrete floor sealed with Amercoat. A concrete curb around the base of the building will prevent run off of radioactive water. Gas-tight construction has not been provided. Entry to the building is provided by two sliding doors, which may be locked with a padlock. A stairway provides access to the top of the reactor. A one-ton electric hoist is available for removing the concrete closures from the reactor”

    Note the curb around the building to prevent run off of radioactive water and the padlock on the door for security. Remember this is for two nuclear reactors.

    These are the concentric circles that the Atomic Energy Commission requires for safety. If there was an accident everyone within range would have to be permanently evacuated. page 44

    This reactor type was based on the Argonne reactor which had some serious defects causing a melt down.

    Ruzich, K. C.., Sturm, W. J.. Hazard Summary Report for the Argonne AGN-201 Reactor. United States: Argonne National Laboratory, 1962.
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    San Jose CA – GE Nuclear Fuel Processing Facility at The Plant Shopping Center

    Atomic Power Equipment Department of the General Electric Company
    175 Curtner Avenue which is today “The Plant Shopping Center” How can the state do things like this? Here is the State of California’s Envirostor map of the location https://www.envirostor.dtsc.ca.gov/public/map/?global_id=80001780&zl=16

    INDUSTRIAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL 2503 RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL PRACTICES FOR THE ATOMIC POWER EQUIPMENT DEPARTMENT GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA 

    This site was associated with the GE Vallecitos Nuclear Reactor site which is located near Sunol which is next to the San Antonio Reservoir. Let us hope that the creek does not empty into the water supply! In this map the site is near the middle 84 marker on this map and you can see Little Valley Road to its west.

    How could the state of California allow a shopping mall to be built on top of a Uranium processing plant in the middle of the city of San Jose CA?. The site dumped radioactive waste directly into the city’s sewer system according to 1957 standards for disposal of nuclear waste into city sewer systems.

    But 1957 standards for radiation exposure are nuclear accidents today. For example, in 1957 the maximum exposure for workers to be 1500 mrem of radiation a week for a person to be safe, that’s 18 full Rems a year. Today 5 REMS is the maximum amount for a nuclear worker a year but for civilians living on the site 0.1 REM or 100 mrems per year is the limit for safety for members of the public, the people of San Jose. 1 REM is 1000 mrems.

    When the state says it was made safe, ask them what year and what were the standards back then!

    Today’s nuclear radiation exposure levels from the Federal Register

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