Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Though still in the developmental stages, The Toxic Tour: Documenting Pollution & Communities seems that it has the potential to be a pretty neat tool. Having worked at the Hunters Point Site, I can say it's an interesting mix of warehouses, artists communitites, low-income housing, and people trying to clean it up. It has a pretty extensive history in terms of relations with the community, but it was a great site to work as in terms of things to photograph. Especially since we worked sun-up to sun-down, and the Speakeasy Brewery was on the way home from the site...
Hunters Point Naval Shipyard was established in 1869 as the first dry dock on the Pacific Coast. In 1940, the Navy obtained ownership of the shipyard for ship building, repair and maintenance activities. After World War II, activities shifted from ship repair to submarine servicing and testing. The Navy operated Hunters Point Annex as a shipbuilding and repair facility from 1941 until 1976. Between 1976 and 1986, the Navy leased most of the shipyard to Triple A, a private ship-repair company. The shipyard was an annex of Naval Station Treasure Island until 1974 when the Navy's Engineering Field Activity West assumed the management of it. The shipyard consists of 936 acres: 493 on land and 443 under water in San Francisco Bay.
In 1987, PCBs, TCE and other solvents, pesticides, petroleum hydrocarbons, and metals including lead were confirmed at a number of shipyard locations. This finding resulted in the EPA placing Hunters Point Shipyard on the National Priorities List in 1989. In 1991, the Department of Defense listed the shipyard for closure. To expedite investigation and cleanup, the site was divided into 6 parcels, A through F. Parcel F is the offshore parcel. To date, the Navy has completed a significant amount of fieldwork for Parcels A through E. Additional offshore sampling was conducted for Parcel F, and the shipyard's shoreline areas which might impact Parcel F, in 2002 and 2003. Data gaps sampling on Parcel E, groundwater sampling throughout the Shipyard, various treatability studies, and removal actions are ongoing.
One set of photos - HP surrounding area. Another set of pics - on the point


  1. That horsehead thing is too cool. Your photos are always so full of interesting details!


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