SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW:
Over $1 billion has been spent by the federal government since 2004 to clean up and remediate one of the most highly toxic and radioactive sites in the U.S., the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco. This Superfund site was home for decades, 1946-1969, to the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory, and large Navy warships were towed there from the Pacific, where they had been placed close to nuclear tests.
They were then sandblasted at the shipyard under a plan to “decontaminate” these ships. Under immense political pressure, including reported coercion from Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. Navy agreed to turn over the site to the City and its master developer Lennar for development in 2004, and both powerful San Francisco politicians used their political muscle to allocate eventually hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funds for the cleanup of radiation and toxic chemicals.
A large part of the remediation was done by Tetra Tech, one of the largest remediation companies in the world, with $2.6 billion in revenue in 2016. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been paid to Tetra Tech for testing and moving the highly contaminated soil.