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Treasure Island: harmful cesium levels much higher than Navy acknowledged

Friday, April 12, 2013

The environmental mess left by the Navy at the the old Treasure Island Naval Station isn’t going away, even after years of remediation, and neither are stories about it. The latest is from Matt Smith and Katharine Mieszkowski at the Center for Investigative Reporting, who gathered soil samples that were tested by certified labs showing three times the levels of the suspected carcinogen cesium-137 than the Navy has previously acknowledged. That’s 60 percent higher than the Navy’s own safety thresholds.

Related: Coincidentally, the piece comes a day after dramatic word that lead developer Lennar’s much anticipated plans to put skyscrapers and other structures on the man-made island has fallen through.

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