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Release Date: 5/25/1995
Contact Information: Lois A. Grunwald, U.S. EPA, (415) 744-1588

 (San Francisco)-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(U.S. EPA) today announced the availability of a $50,000
Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) to help the Bayview/Hunters
Point community learn more about the environmental investigation
of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Superfund site, and
participate in cleanup decisions affecting the site.  

     The TAG grant, offered through the federal Superfund
program, will be matched by $12,500 in community funds or in-kind
services and will cover a three-year period.

     Contaminants at the Hunters Point Superfund site, a 522-acre
shipyard, include hydrocarbons, oils, heavy metals, asbestos and
volatile and semivolatile organic compounds. The Hunters Point
Shipyard was the original ship repair facility for San Francisco
Bay. It has seen continual industrial use for over 120 years,
resulting 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
Navy. The Navy work is being performed under the terms of the
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 individuals
provide thoughtful, informed comments.

     For information on how to apply for the grant, contact
Dorothy Wilson at the U.S. EPA at (415) 744-2179.

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