Community Forum To Be Held This Week To Discuss Possible Radioactive Materials At Keller Canyon Landfill On Bailey Rd.

June 20, 2018 8:00 am · 20 comments

(by Dan McMenamin) – Contra Costa County officials are holding a community forum in Bay Point this week to answer questions and provide an update into the investigation into whether potentially radioactive materials went from San
Francisco to a landfill north of Concord.

Contra Costa Environmental Health and county Supervisor Federal Glover are hosting the forum after Glover called for an investigation into whether the materials from the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard were deposited at the Keller Canyon Landfill on Bailey Rd.

Tetra Tech, a firm accused of falsifying data to minimize radiation levels in the soil at the San Francisco site, in a letter to Glover last month denied that any radioactive materials were in the waste taken away from the San Francisco site.

The company has faced much criticism over the allegations of data falsification in the testing at Hunters Point and has offered to pay for retesting at the site by an independent third-party contractor.

Two former Tetra Tech supervisors have been convicted and sentenced to eight months in prison each for the falsification of records. A $27 billion class action lawsuit on behalf of San Francisco residents was also filed recently against the firm.

The meeting in Bay Point is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on June 21 at the Ambrose Community Center at 3105 Willow Pass Road.

Technical experts from the Radiologic Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health, the U.S. Navy, the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board and other state and federal agencies will be at the meeting, county officials said.

CoCoCommenter June 20, 2018 at 8:23 AM

Log: June 21. 6:30PM

“Good evening everyone,
As you know, there may or may not be a somewhat possible or likely trace amounts of undisclosed substances or materials that could have potential but limited likelihood or ties to areas of certain distinctions of elevated results from fragments of soils that could maybe if on a undetermined likelihood cause aggregated effects of predisclosed systemic alternatives to those, if any with limited but reasonable contact in the surrounding 10 miles..

We’ll meet back in a two week to discuss a plan to plan out possible plans for the planning commission to plan accordingly.

Your Truly,

City Leaders
(Vote for me!!)”

Simonpure June 20, 2018 at 12:19 PM

Sounds like our management team. Surprised we are still in business.

Nature Lover June 20, 2018 at 12:52 PM

Good one CoCoCommenter!

Impressed June 20, 2018 at 3:00 PM

CoCoCommenter… THAT IS IMPRESSIVE!!!!!

Chicken Little June 20, 2018 at 8:51 AM

Has anybody actually done any testing to confirm whether or not there are, in fact, any radioactive materials present in the landfill?

Jen Borcic June 21, 2018 at 11:51 AM

We are hoping to find out tonight at the meeting. My guess is that they have not started testing yet.

Local June 20, 2018 at 9:43 AM

Republicans want less consumer and environmental protections which is why we need to keep voting Democrat.

Chicken Little June 20, 2018 at 11:49 AM

<—- Talk About Politics is that way.

Give it a rest, already.

Concord resident June 20, 2018 at 10:11 AM

And WHY would these materials from San Francisco end up on Bailey Road in the first place? Who, specifically, made that decision? I’d like the radioactive materials shipped back to a San Francisco location, NOT dumped in my backyard.

Concord resident June 20, 2018 at 10:19 AM

Let me also add.. Should we in the Bailey Road area be filing a 27 billion dollar class action lawsuit as well?

Jen Borcic June 21, 2018 at 11:53 AM

We, the neighbors of the landfill, should keep ourselves aware of this issue and put pressure on the powers that be to take care of it.

HappyPappy June 20, 2018 at 10:55 AM

Concord resident –
Yes ……..perhaps you, Local, and all the other quantum-leap Knee-Jerks should file a 27 B dollar law suit for your PREsumed existence of some extremely low level contamination. As long as you’re ready to pay legal expenses when you lose………
I think you should go ahead.
This is just another poorly thought out attempt to get attention by some tax-wasting bureaucrat. Sadly, low-information voters usually fall for this trick.
Maybe you could wait for any testing results prior to rushing to panic mode.

Miller June 21, 2018 at 1:35 AM

Of course there’s radioactive waste at Keller Canyon now. I don’t need to read a declassified government document in 50 years to find that out.

You can’t dump 223,000 tons from Hunter’s Point without bringing along radioactive debris, and Tetra employees falsifying 48% of sample data doesn’t help.

“The NRDL handled nearly every kind of radioactive material known to man — including, at one point, enough plutonium to kill 15 million people. The shipyard is also well known as a site where Navy ships were decontaminated after being irradiated in atomic weapons tests.”

It might not be an issue for most people in Contra Costa, but anyone near non-potable water sources around Keller Canyon should be following this.

BagsFlyFree June 20, 2018 at 11:03 AM

So SF has power being fed from Pittsburg, via the Transbay cable to be more green and develop, then returns the favor by allowing (via lack of oversight) 3rd parties to dump potential radioactive waste in a landfill that had huge wind gusts during summer months towards all of Pittsburg.

P-burg, get the lawyers jets warmed up!

BFF Out!

martinezmike June 20, 2018 at 11:51 AM

Forget it. I’m not glowing!

Silva June 20, 2018 at 12:30 PM

A little more cancer won’t hurt me, right?

Hope Johnson June 20, 2018 at 2:20 PM

It’s undisputed that radioactive materials from Hunters Point were shipped to Keller. The manager of Keller and the County Dept. of Health admitted it at the CoCo County Board of Supes meeting on May 1. The manager stated it is known to have happened at least twice. Once when a truck load was stopped from entering because the sensors caught it. Another time when a load of dirt was actually brought into Keller and dumped in the holding area to be placed over trash brought in the next day – the Navy called Keller and said that dirt should not have been brought there, and they came to clean it up.

The question is how many times has it happened before and who is going to pay for the testing of the soil and water to ensure safety? Keller manager said if the radioactive material was surrounded by cleaner dirt, their sensors would not catch it.

Chicken Little June 20, 2018 at 5:24 PM

Thank you for answering my question.

Marianne June 20, 2018 at 6:14 PM

No doubt about the contamination in the soil. The testing labs must be made accountable by the city if there was any done at all. Clean up my city.

Jen June 21, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Keller Canyon says they have sensors to detect radiation. These detectors only work when the vehicles are going less than 3 mph through them – I have personally seen the trucks go at least 8 to 10 mph through those sensors. That is if they are even sent through the sensor portals. Dirt brought in for daily cover is often sent on thru without being monitored.

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