Still dirty after all these years
The folks at the East Bay Express have had a lot to say about Alameda of late. This week’s cover story is about cleanup efforts at Alameda Point. It details the push-and-pull between the Navy, which still owns the land, and folks here in the city – and specifically George Humphreys, head of the citizen advisory board overseeing cleanup efforts – who are pushing the Navy to do a more thorough job.
One example in the story is the site of the old landfill, in which the Navy found soil contaminated with radium. The Navy’s preferred plan was to cap it and call it a day, which comes with a price tag of $3.3 million; excavating the soil and hauling it away would cost $91.9 million. (The Navy has since decided to study the area further.)
The story also says the city sold the land (which we were supposed to get back eight years ago) to the Navy for $1 in 1936. Wish we could get that deal now.