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After removing the subsurface soil/sediments under the wooden floor inside the building, it was discovered that the entire area was on a concrete sub-floor. This area was scraped clean with the soil/sediment placed in drums for shipment and the floor steam cleaned. The concrete sub-floor showed no cracks or staining after the cleaning. In July 1984, another inspection of area showed that all exposed soil/sediment was removed. The entire site is either paved or concreted with no exposed soil. The site was certified in 1984 as closed. The site was removed from the State Priority Ranking List in 1985. A Site Screening was conducted in March 2003 to verify the status of the property. The site screening determined that no further action would be taken at the site.

Polita Hawley Forge26 2350 Jerrold Avenue San Francisco, CA 94124 Site Description The site is a vacant five-part warehouse. The surrounding neighborhood is primarily industrial and has numerous food processing and distribution businesses. The nearest residences are 1/3 mile to the west, uphill beyond the 101 freeway. Although there is no evidence of nearby groundwater usage, the water is assumed to be used for industrial purposes 1.5 miles away.

Site History

The site was the former location of the Polita-Hawley Forge plant which went bankrupt in 1988.

Due to historical past uses, metals and petroleum hydrocarbons were released to the soil. In 1991 and 1992 small soil removals took place. In 1993, the building was vacuumed to remove metal contaminated dust. The building was dismantled and a last soil removal was done. Groundwater was monitored to ensure that no contamination above drinking water standards was detected.

The 1-1/2 acre site contains nickel and total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) in soil and groundwater at low levels ("just over detection limits" except for significant TPH). The former California Department of Toxic Substances, Site Cleanup - Site Mitigation and Brownfield Reuse Program, Found at http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/database/Calsites/CALP001.CFM?IDNUM=38340029 Hawley- Forge site generated metals and oils, but in 1988, contaminated soil was removed to one area of the facility, "under DHS oversight". This remaining 1000 to 500 yards of soil will require remediation oversight. Soil contaminated with nickel and petroleum hydrocarbons was moved in the late '80's by the previous owner. (About 400 cubic yards from an adjacent remediated parcel were hauled off and 100 cubic yards were left in the site building.

The removal included vacuuming 10 tons of dust from the building, building demolition, well installation, tank removal, and excavation and disposal of 4300 tons of soil, and 25,000 cubic feet of concrete corrugated steel. Contamination was nickel, lead, chromium, copper and zinc.

Groundwater monitoring wells installed and a Bond posted for one year's monitoring to ensure levels remain below Maximum Contaminant levels (MCL).

Other Contaminated Sites in Bayview Hunters Point The following sites were referred by the California Department of Toxic Substances control to other agencies such as the California Integrated Waste Management Board, or other State or

local agency for investigation and remediation:

Candlestick Park State Recreation Area27 Thomas & Yosemite Avenue San Francisco, CA 94124 Site Description The site is approximately 34 acres and is located along Yosemite Canal in San Francisco, California. It is proposed for development into a wetlands nature area, primarily as a wildlife habitat.

Site History The proposed nature area and its surroundings have been used for industrial purposes for about 40-50 years. These activities are suspected to have impacted both the soil and groundwater within the area. Past usage, which may have caused onsite contamination, include underground

fuel storage tanks and auto salvage operations. Sources of possible offsite contamination include:

underground tanks, indiscriminate dumping of house-hold and industrial wastes, auto salvage yard plating shops, furniture refinishing facilities, a tannery, a drum recycling facility and several lumber yards. Soil sampling onsite showed total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) as high as 2800 ppm, lead as high as 1100 ppm and copper as high as 4200 ppm. Groundwater sample results showed lead as high as 2.3 ppm and total chromium as high as 0.34 ppm. The aerial and vertical extent of contamination needs to be evaluated.

California Department of Toxic Substances, Site Cleanup - Site Mitigation and Brownfield Reuse Program, Found at http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/database/Calsites/CALP001.CFM?IDNUM=38950001 Islais Creek Area BTW Cargo Way & Amador St. Near Piers 94 & 92 Site Description The site is in a predominantly industrial area near the opening of Islais Creek near Piers 92-94.

Businesses include concrete batch plants, aggregate facilities including, aggregate importers, Bay sand reclamation and processing facilities, and solid waste and concrete recycling facilities.

Site History

DTSC Inspectors found evidence of industrial waste outflows including roofing tar, excess asphalt, and leachate. In subsequent inspections, drums and other waste materials were also observed along with signs of active dumping. Inspectors noticed strong hydrogen sulfide odors and observed the discharge of sulfide bearing waste. They found latex waste, oil/water separation sludge, paint sludge, sulfur sludge, unspecified oil containing waste, unspecified organic liquid mixture, unspecified solvent mixtures, and waste oil and mixed oil. A portion of the site has been referred to the USEPA and is under investigation.

Mobile Debris Box Service (Buckeye Properties) 1301V Yosemite Avenue San Francisco, CA 94124 Site Description The Site is located in an industrial area in the Bayview/Hunters Point portion of San Francisco on land reclaimed from the Bay between 1943 and 1955.

Site History Previous operations at the site included a lumber yard (1954-1986); a storage facility; and a debris box operations. A waste pile was created which contains friable asbestos at levels about hazardous waste criteria. The City is currently suing the property owner and tenants to address this waste pile and other solid waste piles on the Site.

India Basin Boatyard (Donco Industries) 894 Innes Avenue San Francisco, CA 94124 Site Description India Basin Boatyard was located in the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard (See description above).

Site History Donco Industries operated boat and ship repair shop at the site. An inspection found high levels of copper, lead and other metals in the boatyard. Donco filed for bankruptcy and the USEPA is has identified the site as the India Basin Boatyard Superfund Removal Site, San Francisco, California.


Yosemite Slough IDS Intersection of Yosemite & Hawes St San Francisco, CA 94124 Site Description Yosemite Slough is an urban wetland at the north end of Candlestick Point State Recreation Area with approximately 34 acres of tidal and upland habitat/ Site History During moderate to heavy rainstorms, San Francisco’s waste water system overflows at more than 40 locations around the city. A quarter of those sites are located along the Bayview-Hunters Point shoreline, including three overflow pipes in Yosemite Slough and South Basin. The mud flats at Yosemite Slough have high concentrations of PCBs, fecal Coliform, heavy metals, chlorinated solvents, and radioactive materials collected by drains and sewers, especially from Navy ships cleaned at Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard in the 1950’s and 60’s28.

Leaking Underground Fuel Tanks (LUFTS) in Bayview Hunters Point29 Leaking Underground Fuel Tanks (LUFTS) are a significant source of environmental contamination and may pose a threat of fires and explosions; inhalation of dangerous vapors;

contamination of soil and groundwater; contamination of drinking water; and contamination of streams, rivers, and lakes. As of August 2004, the California State Water Resources Control Board listed 187 LUFTs with at least one unauthorized release of fuel in the 94124 zip code of Bayview Hunters Point (See Addendum I).

University of San Francisco, USF Science Group Out to Prove Pollution at Hunter’s Point, Found at:

http://www.usfca.edu/usfnews/03.02.04/fp3.html California State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, UST Program Support Unit Solid Waste Facilities in Bayview Hunters Point State Regulated Solid Waste Transfer Sites The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) permits and inspects solid waste transfer facilities. There are two such sites currently permitted by the CIWMB in the 94124 zip


West Coast Recycling Company Pier 96 San Francisco, CA 94124 West Coast Recycling Company (WCRC) is owned and operated by Norcal Waste Systems, Inc.

of San Francisco. Permitted as a “large volume transfer processing” facility, WCRC processes up to 100 tons of solid waste per day including recyclables, household hazardous waste, and other types of solid waste.

Oliver Padilla, Inc. Sm. Vol. CD/I Operation 1901 Galvez Street San Francisco, CA 94124 The Oliver Padilla facility is owned and operated by OP Trucking, CDI Operations, of San Francisco. The company is permitted to handle approximately 72,000 tons a year of solid waste from construction and demolition activities.

Facilities Regulated By Agencies Other than CIWMD The following waste tire facility30 is regulated by the County of San Francisco, Bureau of

Environmental Health Services:

Tire Sales & Leasing Co. Inc.

1021 Palou San Francisco, CA 94124 Unregulated Sites The following waste tire facility is listed in Integrated Waste Management Board’s Solid Waste

Information System (SWIS) as “Not Currently Regulated”:

San Francisco Port Authority 3301 Third Street San Francisco, CA 94124 According to the CIWMD a Minor Waste Tire Facility is a site where at any time, 500 or more, but less than 5,000 waste tires are, or will be stored.

Closed, Illegal, and Abandoned Disposal Sites (CIA) Many CIA sites are owned by private parties that “inherited” municipal legacy disposal sites that had minimal requirements at the time the site ceased accepting waste. Local developers sometimes attempt to utilize CIA sites by attempting to consolidate, cap, vegetate, perform gas monitoring and in order to redevelop the area.

The CIWMB lists five “Closed” solid waste disposal sites at the following locations in the 94124

zip code in Bayview Hunters Point:

L & K Debris Box Service, Inc.

1313 Armstrong Avenue San Francisco, CA 94124 City Debris Box Service 1301 Yosemite Avenue San Francisco, CA 94124 Dept Public Works Corporation Yard 2323 Army Street San Francisco, CA 94124 SF Pier 98 India Basin Pier 98 San Francisco, CA 94124 Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard Hunters Point San Francisco, CA 94124 Bayview Hunters Point Air Quality Violations A Notice of Violation (NOV) is a formal record of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s conclusion that a violation of a state law regarding air quality or a District regulation has occurred. Although BAAQMD can issue monetary penalties or conduct civil or criminal prosecution, it rarely does. Most violations are settled through corrective action and penalties.

From January 1, 2002 to August 19, 2004, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued 54 Notices of Violation in the 94124 zip code (See Addendum II).

Conclusion and Recommendations Bayview Hunters Point occupies only about 3 square miles of Southeast San Francisco31, or Hunters Point/Bayview and San Francisco County Population Data, 1990 Census of Population and Housing, Summary Tape File 1 (California). Prepared by Bureau of the Census, Washington, DC, 1991.

roughly 6% of the City’s total area, but shoulders most of the burden of San Francisco’s pollution. Historically, this low-income community of color has been the site of much of the City’s heavy industry. PG&E established one of its earliest power plants here in 1929. During World War II, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard also serviced more than 600 fighting vessels and liberty ships, stimulating the creation of many surrounding support industries. This marked the beginning of the area’s long history of environmental degradation and contamination that continues into the present. Even today, more than half of all industrially zoned land in San Francisco is located in Bayview Hunters Point.

Over the years, the health of local residents has been heavily and disproportionately impacted by the cumulative impact of pollution from PG&E’s Hunters Point Power Plant, San Francisco Southeast Water Treatment Facility, the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, and hundreds of industrial companies. This small community has suffered from more than fifty years of apathy, neglect, and environmental racism. Government agencies consistently allowed dirty and polluting industrial activities to take place without proper permitting, adequate environmental reviews, or analysis of the cumulative negative impacts from the many pollution sources on the health of the community.

City, state and federal agencies should shoulder much of the blame. Although the USEPA investigated many seriously polluted sites in Bayview Hunters Point, only the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard was eventually added to the National Priorities List (NPL). Seriously polluted sites have languished after being referred to agencies such as the Department of Toxic Substances Control and the San Francisco Regional Water Board. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District continues to issue permits for some of the dirtiest and most polluting industrial facilities in the City, including PG&E Hunters Point Power Plant, ignoring years of complaints from residents and failing to evaluate the true cumulative impacts of the power plant in combination with other pollution sources. Even the City of San Francisco is proposing to site three new fossil fuel power plants in the Southeast sector without any guarantee that old and polluting power plants will be shut down.

We should no longer sit idly by while Bayview Hunters Point children are forced to use inhalers to breathe, their seniors suffer from cancer and heart disease, and families are torn apart by the burden of serious illnesses.

On June 17, 2003, the City of San Francisco adopted the Precautionary Principle as City and

County policy. In it, the Board of Supervisors asserted that:

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