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Navy Calls for Public Comment on Restoration Program

The United States Department of the Navy has issued a call for public input on a restoration plan for a portion of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, now known as Alameda Point. There is a public meeting this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

The area to be cleaned-up, called Operable Unit-2A (OU-2A) once housed a gasoline service station, a missile rework facility and an aircraft paint stripping and cleaning facility, and is contaminated with volatile organic compounds, heavy metals, lead and benzene related to petroleum, and petroleum hydrocarbons. Long ago, a portion of the site was used for oil refinery operations, resulting in contamination from other hydrocarbon compounds, and semi-volatile organic compounds.

The public meeting will be held at City Hall West, Room 201, at 950 West Mall Square, at Alameda Point, on August 31, at 6:30 p.m. Members of the public may review and comment on the Navy’s proposed plan to decontaminate the soil and groundwater in the operable unit area.

The Navy is accepting public comment on their proposed plan until September 24th, 2011. For more information visit www.bracpmo.navy.mil.

1 comment to Navy Calls for Public Comment on Restoration Program

  • There’s more about the Navy’s cleanup plan on the Alameda Point Environmental Report
    http://alamedapointenvironmentalreport.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/508/

    A lot of what is underground is actually not going to receive any further active cleanup. Some of it was treated years ago, and the Navy says further active treatment would be a costly exercise with poor results due to the dispersion of the chemicals under the area where the old paint stripping building it. They also say that it poses no harm due to the depth and that eventually, perhaps decades, nature will degrade it.

    At another area they are proposing bioremediation.

    Also, it may come as a surprise to most people that a significant portion of cleanup, including at the above-referenced cleanup area, is not even part of the public review process and will not be discussed at this meeting. There is a separate program called the Petroleum Program administered by the regional Water Board.

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