The U.S. Navy is facing accusations from public health advocates that it covered up dangerous levels of radioactive waste pollution at a former Navy shipyard in California, the Guardian reported Sunday.
The 866-acre Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco was once home to a secret Navy research laboratory where animals were injected with strontium-90, a radioactive isotope, according to the report. The isotope was also part of the glow-in-the-dark paint on the site and reportedly could have been washed down drains or off ships used in nuclear testing in the Pacific, per the news report. The 40-acre tract of land where the research laboratory once stood, named “Parcel G,” could be turned over to city officials in 2024 and used for residential development, according to the report.
The Navy indicated elevated strontium-90 contamination in the shipyard in a previous assessment of the site but performed a reassessment which yielded sub-zero levels of the isotope, per the report.
“It is completely erroneous, it is false, it is offensive to me scientifically,” Dr. James Dahlgren, an environmental toxicologist, reacted to the reassessment, implying a sub-zero level of contamination was scientifically impossible, per an NBC news report.
“To have a negative figure on