Treasure Island Superfund denial based on misinformation

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This photo and caption illustrate the SF Chronicle story “SF’s Treasure Island, poised for building boom, escaped listing as Superfund site”: Workers prepare soil for radiation testing on Treasure Island on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. The parcel, gated off with radiation warning signs, sits near the Treasure Island Waste Water Treatment Plant along Avenue M. – Photo: Noah Berger, Special to SF Chronicle High hazardous rankings overlooked on assumption of quick easy cleanup by Kirsten Stade, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility San Francisco’s Treasure Island was not designated a Superfund site, despite earning a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hazard ranking nearly double the Superfund threshold, according to documents posted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). EPA has presumed the U.S. Navy would rapidly remediate the site – an assumption proven spectacularly wrong as the Treasure Island cleanup has languished for years. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, otherwise known as Superfund, directs EPA to create a list – the National Priorities List or NPL – of highly polluted locations requiring long-term cleanup. Superfund listing decisions are based upon sites’ Hazard Rankings Scores (HRS), which numerically rank human and environmental exposure to tainted water,...