CANCER ALLEY

17 years have passed since demolition, deconstruction, deep soil excavations and grading of the Hunters Point hilltop began to make way for the dirty development of a federal Superfund site. Welcome to the Unveiling of Cancer Alley at the Hunters Point Shipyard.
Steph Curry’s Cancer Alley documentary follows residents of St. James Parish — home to seven of the ten most cancer ridden census tracts in America!
Map of the Gulf Coast region 85 mile chemical corridor along the Mississippi called Cancer Alley
Burgeoning Body Burden of the Earth — Image from Establishing Medical Necessity for Implementation of a Human Biomonitoring Program at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
The Union Carbide Corporation plant in the background of the Holy Rosary Cemetery emits 4 tons of the cancer causing air contaminant ethylene oxide each year. A ProPublica analysis, published on November 2, 2021, found it to be one of the top emitters of cancer causing chemicals in the region.
The EPA National Air Toxics Assessment mapping tool detects cancer clusters in dark grey within the Gulf Coast region of Louisiana called Cancer Alley
Too close for comfort! A home within feet of a petrochemical plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images [https://grist.org/justice/as-coronavirus-ravages-louisiana-cancer-alley-residents-haven’t-given-up-the-fight-against-polluters/amp/]
Residents Fight Back as Cancer Alley is Getting More Toxic

A Look at Cancer Alley From the Front Lines

Louisiana’s Cancer Alley gained a powerful “Ally” in 2015 when Lt. General Russell Honore’ joined the fight for environmental health and justice in his home state. [https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/01/russell-honore-katrina-louisiana-environment/] Honore’s clout is evident in the Youtube video A Look at Cancer Alley From the Front Lines: https://youtu.be/xFxY454NTYE
After officials repeatedly dismissed claims that Flint’s drinking water was making people sick, residents, activists and medical professionals took action.
Dr. Mona Hanna — Attisha writes in her book about the Flint Michigan crisis that she believed government claims the Flint River water source was safe until activists and a friend convinced her it was not. Dr. Attisha detected blood lead levels in Flints most vulnerable children three times higher than allowable. Dr. Attisha and colleagues met with the Flint Michigan City Manager in 2015 and were told it would “bankrupt the city to return to a clean drinking water source.”
NRDC mapping of cancer clusters verified by the California Department of Public Health. [https://assets.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/california-diseaseclusters.pdf]

CANCER ALLEY AT THE HUNTERS POINT SHIPYARD — a System of Federal Superfund Sites

A Corner on Cancer Alley at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Photo: Melia Robinson Business Insider 2017
Activism and Citizen Science come together at the Greenaction Protest September 2018 held following the discovery of a radioactive object in the residential community The Shipyard.
Attorney Angela Alioto (l) with African American plaintiffs Gary McIntyre and Ceola Richards who sued for retaliation after failing to adhere to the “code of silence” Lennar Corporation demanded from employees as clouds of toxic dust engulfed the Bayview Hunters Point community. McIntyre was treated for asthma, skin rashes, hair loss and other health effects. The lawsuit quickly settled.
The grading of an estimated 1.2 million tons of asbestos and heavy metal containing serpentinite rock from the Hunters Point hilltop in 2006 as in 2022 conducted at a “naked” chain metal fence line adjacent to Hunters Point homes, schools and playgrounds. Photo: Liz Hafalia Chronicle
Christopher Carpenter enters the hospital in 2006 months before his death on March 6, 2016. Carpenter’s wife Danielle appears in the youtube video short Toxic Land: https://youtu.br/64Q5TZX6sQ
A system of three federal Superfund designated properties are geophysically connected to the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. The Bay Area Drum Site is a California state Superfund site located on Thomas Street. Soil analyses detected VOCs, lead, PCBs and petroleum hydrocarbons above screening levels.
Disparities in hospitalizations and emergency room visits in the 94124 zip code have been documented for decades by the Department of Public Health for cardiopulmonary diseases linked to toxic air contaminants.
Hidden Hazards is a BAAQMD funded research project conducted by a team of community investigators led by chemist Raymond Topkins. This graph documents the dangerous overlap that exists in the south-central Bayview Hunters Point region where a “nest” of sensitive receptors is sited in a region of toxic emissions.

HP BIOMONITORING GEOSPATIAL MAPPINGS DETECT CANCERS INDUCED BY IONIZING RADIATION EXPOSURE CENTERED AROUND THE ENTRY TO THE UNITED STATES NAVAL RADIOLOGICAL DEFENSE LABORATORIES AND THE RADIATION CONTAMINATED PARCEL E-2 SHORELINE AND INDUSTRIAL LANDFILL

Hunters Point Biomonitoring Programs geospatial mapping of cancers linked to ionizing radiation exposure centers around the historic entry to the radiation laboratory campus sited on the southern shoreline and unfortified western fence line extending southeast to Building 606 where a cluster of brain, lung, thyroid and canine cancer deaths is documented among employees of the SFPD. Note the number of yellow pins corresponding to brain and central nervous system tumors. Red pins represent brain cancer, green pins represent thyroid cancer, blue pins represent lung and airway cancers and white pins represent leukemia and lymphoma. Black pins are verified canine and feline deaths due to cancer that cluster around the western fence line.
Environmental Geographic Information Systems (gis) mappings offer overlapping evidence of radiation exposed regions of the shoreline and detection of radioactive biomarkers and a cluster of cancers known to be caused by exposure to radioactive and carcinogenic heavy metals.

PATHWAYS OF EXPOSURE AT THE HUNTERS POINT SHIPYARD

Heavy equipment operations within 10 feet of the “naked” chain metal fence separating the shipyards radiation contaminated shoreline from the dense south central neighborhood. Photo taken by a resident living 250 feet from the fence line at Revere and Fitch.
The unfortified western fence line separating a radiation laboratory complex at a federal Superfund site from a community of 35,000 people extends north to the Hunters Point hilltop and south to Yosemite Slough.
LEJ youth participate in a toxic tour of an easily accessible system of federal Superfund properties.

HUMAN BIOMONITORING IN CANCER ALLEY

Urinary screening conducted on a BVHP resident living six blocks from the shipyards heavily contaminated southern shoreline detects 12 chemicals in high normal to floridly toxic concentrations including cesium, cadmium, nickel, platinum, thallium , copper and tungsten. Like the majority of Hunters Point urinary screenings manganese and vanadium are detected in concentrations exceeding the reference range. Despite having lived and worked for 25 years in a food desert, the nutrient elements are in a normal range.
https://www.dscej.org/the-latest-/surviving-cancer-alley-a-story-of-five-communites . The secret to surviving Cancer Alley lies in community activism and scientific literacy.

THE CONTAGIOSITY OF COURAGE — The role of the Citizen Scientist and Community Activist in Surviving Cancer Alley

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Ahimsa Porter Sumchai MD, PD - Director & PI. Founding Chair- Radiological Committee Hunters Point Shipyard RAB, Attending MD VA Toxic Registry and SFDPH

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Ahimsa Porter Sumchai MD, PD - Director & PI. Founding Chair- Radiological Committee Hunters Point Shipyard RAB, Attending MD VA Toxic Registry and SFDPH

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