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U.S. EPA AWARDS SUPERFUND GRANT TO BAYVIEW-HUNTERS POINT GROUP

U.S. EPA AWARDS SUPERFUND GRANT TO BAYVIEW-HUNTERS POINT GROUP
 SAN FRANCISCO, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced that a Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) has been awarded to the Bayview Hunters Point Homeowners and Residential Community Development Council. The $50,000 award was granted through the federal Superfund program and will allow the Council to hire a technical advisor to help them understand the investigation and cleanup activities at the Hunter's Point Naval Annex Superfund site, San Francisco.
 "This grant will give the people living near Hunters Point an opportunity to participate more fully in the decision-making process," said Daniel W.
McGovern, regional administrator of the U.S. EPA western regional office. "It should result in better decisions and greater public confidence in the actions taken to protect their health and the environment."
 The TAG will be matched by $12,500 in community funds and will cover a three-year period. The technical advisor will analyze and review proposed cleanup measures and report to the council. The council will produce a newsletter and hold community meetings based on information provided by the technical advisor.
 Contaminants at Hunters Point, a 522-acre shipyard, include hydrocarbons, oils, heavy metals, asbestos and volatile and semivolatile organic compounds. Hunters Point was the original ship repair facility for San Francisco Bay. It has seen continual industrial use for over 120 years, resulting in the generation and disposal of industrial wastes associated with ship repair and maintenance.
 An extensive amount of field work is being performed to evaluate the nature and extent of contamination. Results of the field work will be included in reports being prepared by the U.S. Navy which can be reviewed and commented upon by the TAG grant technical advisor. The Navy work is being performed under the terms of a federal facility agreement which includes enforceable schedules for completion of the contaminant studies and cleanup. The U.S. EPA and state of California are parties to the agreement and oversee the Navy's efforts.
 In planning and implementing site-specific cleanup efforts, U.S. EPA seeks comments from citizens who live near these sites and therefore have a vested interest in cleanup actions being considered. A better understanding of the technical issues concerning a hazardous waste site in their area helps citizens to provide thoughtful, informed comments.
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 /CONTACT: Paula Bruin of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1587/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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