The Navy is currently accepting public comment for its plans to remediate the soil, groundwater and underground drain lines under and around Building 5, a former aircraft rework facility, and Building 400, a former missile rework facility. Building 5 is the largest at what is now known as Alameda Point, covering one million square feet.
In a letter addressed to the Navy’s Environmental Coordinator, to be considered by Alameda City Council at its meeting this week, the City of Alameda, based on input from an outside environmental consultant, suggests that the Navy is over estimating the cost of removing various drain lines in and around the buildings, making it look cheaper to leave the lines in the ground.
The current proposal from the Navy would implement administrative controls that, for example, prohibit digging or cutting through floor slabs to prevent contact with any contamination in underground lines.
The City’s letter asks the Navy to take more samples, perform more testing, and identify and remove all contaminated material.
A chief concern cited by the City of Alameda is that if the radiological contamination is not remediated for unrestricted use, the site could be “stigmatized by tenants, customers, visitors and neighbors, as well as by buyers and lenders in property transactions.”
The Navy’s comment period on its proposed plan remains open until November 13th.