Hunter's Point Community Toxic Registry

HP Biomonitoring Current Initiatives

By early 2020 HP Biomonitoring researchers had detected and defined clusters of chemicals epicentered around the naval base using geospatial mappings created by placing a colored indicator pin at the residence or workplace where a chemical was detected in concentrations higher than allowable for the normal population.

Early mappings defined clusters of radioactive biomarkers along the Palous Avenue entry to the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratories and shoreline and parallel to the western fence line adjacent to the radiation-contaminated industrial landfill.

Clustered around the southern shoreline is the South Basin Cluster of four chemicals detected in aggregate. They are arsenic, gadolinium, manganese, and vanadium. The South Basin Cluster includes a family of four, two sisters living in the same house on Shafterfor 20 years - four blocks west of the shoreline and a businesswoman and neighborhood leader with all four chemicals detected in toxic concentrations.

By early 2021, environmental health evaluations and family referrals to the HP Biomonitoring Medical Screening clinic led to the creation of two unique circular clusters of cancers proven to be induced by ionizing radiation exposure.

The cancer clusters matched the pattern of distribution of the radioactive biomarkers - encircling the western perimeter of the radiation-contaminated shoreline and landfill…like “crime scene evidence” surrounding the source of exposure.

Urinary toxic exposure screening was conducted on a 60-year-old female EJ activist who lives four blocks northwest of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard’s radiation laboratory, industrial landfill, and contaminated shoreline. She underwent surgery for colon cancer this year and eats produce she grows in the community garden. The screening detects arsenic, cadmium, cesium, nickel, rubidium, thallium, cobalt, copper, lithium, manganese, strontium, vanadium, calcium, and potassium…all in concentrations exceeding reference range to floridly toxic!

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The Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program

HP Biomonitoring launched in January of 2019 offering residents and workers within a one-mile radius of the Federal Superfund System at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard urinary toxic exposure screenings capable of detecting 35 toxic elements in a safe, fast, low cost and accurate test conducted at the site of exposure.

 

Funded by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation in October 2019, The Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program moved to its current location at 5021 3rd Street and Revere in December 2019. The clinic is located six blocks west of the shipyard's heavily contaminated shoreline and industrial landfill requiring continuous medical-grade air monitoring and heightened facility security and liability protections.

 

To date, HP Biomonitoring has conducted over 120 original screenings and re-screenings of high-risk fence line residents and workers. In 2022, Dr. James Dahlgren financed and conducted advanced 24 hours “speciated” screenings that detected products of nuclear fission and signature chemicals of concern at the Superfund site.

 

Chemicals detected with the shipyard's unique fingerprint include progeny of plutonium, uranium, and radioactive potassium (K-40 is ubiquitous in shipyard soils).

 

Chemicals commonly detected in residents and workers comprise a unique profile in Hunters Point “pee” including arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, cesium, gadolinium, rubidium, thallium, nickel, tin, tungsten, chromium, copper, manganese, strontium and vanadium.

 

These are chemicals of concern documented to be present in shipyard soils, landfills, buildings, and groundwater by the Navy & EPA. Dangerous chemicals are actively released into the ecosystem by the dirty development of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.

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In the Summer of 2022, world-renowned environmental toxicologist James Dahlgren MD conducted advanced “speciated” 24-hour urinary screenings capable of detecting progeny of plutonium, uranium, and potassium.

Radioactive potassium K-40 is a gamma-emitting signature radioisotope so ubiquitous in shipyard soils it led to the discovery of the Tetra Tech soil scandal by Navy computers in 2008 when workers fraudulently substituted “clean soil” from sources low in K-40.

In 2018 the CaDPH gamma scanning towed array detected over 200 above background gamma emitting anomalies with spectral analysis consistent with K-40.

Field surveys conducted in 2020, 2021, and with CalEPA funding in 2022, document the geophysical proximity of radioactive fugitive dust emissions from these Superfund sites undergoing dirty development to private homes, public housing, historic mansions, children’s playgrounds and infant daycare centers, churches, basketball courts, medical clinics, a high volume McDonalds…and the major neighborhood transit center six blocks downwind!

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The James Dahlgren Medical Plutonium Screening Initiative detected products of nuclear fission in the majority of screenings in concentrations comparable to those reported in medical research conducted on military workers exposed to plutonium in 1966 in Palomares, Spain after a bomber and a tanker collided causing the release of thermonuclear energy.

Plutonium is specific for the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and was detected most frequently in residents and workers within six blocks of the naval base.

Field surveys conducted in 2020, 2021, and with CalEPA funding in 2022, document the geophysical proximity of radioactive fugitive dust emissions from these Superfund sites undergoing dirty development to private homes, public housing, historic mansions, children’s playgrounds and infant daycare centers, churches, basketball courts, medical clinics, a high volume McDonalds…and the major neighborhood transit center six blocks downwind!

 

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Photograph taken by a Hunters Point hilltop resident in June of 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and California wildfire season in the San Francisco neighborhood with the second-highest pandemic caseload and the highest population of children and youth. The photo was submitted along with a video to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in a filed complaint and triggered the filing of a Proposition 65 Legal Injunction on June 19, 2021.

 

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The photo captures a deep soil backhoe excavator within 50 feet of a unfortified chain metal fence on Kiska Road. On the other side of this fence are children’s playgrounds and daycare centers, Boy’s & Girls Club, private homes, public housing and churches.

In April of 2022 a four year old boy died of brain cancer who was born and lived his tiny life on Navy Road …one block south of this fence!

San Francisco Mayor London Breed issued an Executive Order to begin residential construction at delisted Federal Superfund Parcel A-2 in June of 2020 - during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the neighborhood with the worst air quality and CalEnviroScreen rankings for fine particulates, diesel particulates, asthma, premature births and reduced life expectancy exceeding the 95th percentile!

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Launched July 2022

JAMES DAHLGREN MEDICAL ADVANCED BIOMONITORING SCREENING PROGRAM

Using an advanced 24-hour urinary screening capable of detecting radioisotopes of plutonium, uranium, and potassium, Dr. James Dahlgren detected products of nuclear fission in residents and workers – most of whom live or work within half a mile of the Hunters Point Shipyard Federal Superfund Site. Plutonium and radioactive Potassium – K-40 – are specific for the naval base as a source of exposure.
Dr. Dahlgren reported in a meeting held on October 17, 2022, with high-ranking environmental regulators from EPA, DTSC, ATSDR, SFDPH, CaDPH, and the Navy that plutonium levels detected in a cohort of Hunters Point residents and workers were comparable to plutonium exposed military workers who participated in the cleanup following the collision of a bomber and tanker that resulted in the release of two plutonium bombs in Palomares, Spain in 1966.

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