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Writes Alameda Point Environmental Report
WETA just applied for a harbor seal harassment permit for it's proposed Alameda facility. Permit fails to identify harassment due to habitat loss, namely a haul-out used yearly by harbor seals. Comment period ends on October 17. Full story is on the Alameda Point Environmental Report:
"long-buried chemicals, heavy metals, and hazardous waste still seep into the bay on a daily basis"
The former Alameda Naval Air Station, now known as Alameda Point, is lumped in with the other sites in this article. According to 16 years of water monitoring up to last summer, the landfill at Site 2 containing almost every imaginable toxic product is not leaching any chemicals into the Bay. Story about this site is here: http://alamedapointenvironmentalreport.wor…
The other underground dump at Alameda Point, at the northwest corner, does have an unacceptable release of one chemical class into the Bay. Treatment of that chemical plume will begin this summer.
The worst releases into open water happened in and near the Seaplane Lagoon via storm drains before there was a Clean Water Act. Dredging operations by the Navy were recently completed to remove contaminated sediment.
As for whether climate change, sea level rise, (no matter who or what caused it), will have an impact remains to be seen. The potential effects of sea level rise were not adequately addressed in the Navy's proposed work plan for Site 2 currently under review.
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