Treasure Island Superfund Denial Based on Misinformation

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San Francisco’s Treasure Island was not designated a Superfund site, despite earning a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hazard ranking nearly double the Superfund threshold, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). EPA has presumed the U.S. Navy would rapidly remediate the site – an assumption proven spectacularly wrong as the Treasure Island cleanup has languished for years.

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, otherwise known as Superfund, directs EPA to create a list – the National Priorities List or NPL – of highly polluted locations requiring long-term cleanup. Superfund listing decisions are based upon sites’ Hazard Rankings Scores (HRS) which numerically rank human and environmental exposure to tainted water, soil and air.

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