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Toxic concerns prompt hotline for Treasure Island residents

Based on the new report, the Navy must test other sites on Treasure Island and begin cleanup operations similar to this one.
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Based on the new report, the Navy must test other sites on Treasure Island and begin cleanup operations similar to this one.
 

Treasure Island residents worried about the cleanup of a former Naval base can now call a new hotline set up by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.

The Bay Citizen reported in August that radioactive contamination was more widespread than previously disclosed on the former Naval base where San Francisco plans to build a 20,000-capacity high-rise community. The news alarmed current residents, who demanded answers from authorities. Health officials recently declared the island safe from radiation, but the cleanup is ongoing.

After hearing reports of contractors and crews at the cleanup site leaving trucks uncovered as they drive through the island, inadequate dust control measures and other problems, the agency decided to set up a hotline. Residents can call 866-284-0721 to expedite investigations into possible safety issues.

Residents can also contact Radhika Majhail, a public participation specialist with the department at 916-255-6681 or at radhika.majail@dtsc.ca.gov.

The Bay City News contributed to this report.

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