News August 28, 2020

Extremely unlikely that they will find anything

A helicopter scan for radioactivity at SF’s former bases had limited value. The city relied on it anyway, using what Gabrielle Hecht calls “a classic playbook around issues of toxicity, radiation and contamination,” which invokes a study that isn’t designed to find the contamination, then uses it to say that there is no contamination.
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Carlos Avila Gonzalez

For years, San Francisco has faced tough questions about the safety of two former naval bases that were poisoned with radioactive substances and now are being developed into two of the city’s largest housing projects. In response, the city Public Health Department has repeatedly given the same answer, telling people there’s nothing to worry about.

Proof, it said, was delivered from the sky.

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