Toxins Measured in Bodies Raise Stakes for Hunters Point Shipyard Cleanup

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Results of John Miranda’s recent urine screening show elevated levels of manganese, one of the heavy metals polluting the shipyard. Sharon Wickham / San Francisco Public Press

Researchers are hoping to learn whether and how the health of people who live and work near the old Hunters Point Shipyard, which was used as a toxic and radioactive waste dump, may have been affected by toxic materials. Journalist Chris Roberts reported for the Public Press, in a story titled “Toxic Metals Found in Shipyard Neighbors, but Source Still Unknown,” that nearly all participants in a recent community health biomonitoring survey had elevated levels of toxic heavy metals that are “contaminants of concern” at the shipyard.

“The Pentagon has spent $1 billion to date on environmental remediation, and not once has any of that money gone to study to any sort of health, even a health survey, which is what this is.” — Chris Roberts

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