HP Biomonitoring Radiogenic Cancer Cluster Update: 09/15/22

HP Biomonitoring’s Radiogenic Cancer Cluster geospatially maps three cancer deaths in childhood residents living within the one mile buffer zone of the Crisp Road entry to the system of Federal Superfund sites at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Parcel E-2 Industrial Landfill and Yosemite Slough.

Youth v The Apocalypse — Earth Day April 2022 San Francisco City Hall
The system of federal Superfund sites created by the historically documented radioactive and chemical contamination of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Parcel E-2 Industrial Landfill, southern shoreline and South Basin drains into the 2016 EPA designated Superfund site at Yosemite Slough.
A system of federal and state Superfund sites abuts the shoreline of south central Bayview Hunters Point where an estimated 25,000 people “live…work…play…and pray” within it’s one mile buffer zone.
HP Biomonitoring’s Radiogenic Cancer Cluster as of September 15, 2022. Note the concentration of cases along the historic corridor of entry to the Crisp Road campus of the US Naval Radiological Defense Laboratories and western fence line extending north to the Hunters Point hilltop and south to Yosemite Slough and the South Basin region of Candlestick Point. “Hot Spots” in the cluster include a dense concentration of cases along Quesada Avenue and in Building 606 where SFPD officers were stationed. Kevin Abbey v. United States of America Department of the Navy — a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Federal Court on behalf of over 300 officers details cancers of the brain, thyroid, lung, prostate and canine cancer deaths. Baby Girl Holmes died at age 2 from acute leukemia in 2020. She lived on West Point Road on the Hunters Point hilltop in the half mile buffer zone of the Crisp Road entry to the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard’s radiation contaminated southern shoreline and industrial landfill.

“Damaged by shock waves, heat and radiation, Independence survived the Bikini Atoll tests and, like dozens of other Operation Crossroads ships, returned to the United States in 1946…while moored at San Francisco’s Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Independence was the primary focus of the Navy’s studies on decontamination until age and the possibility of it’s sinking led the Navy to tow the blast-damaged carrier to sea for scuttling on January 26, 1951.” Nuke blasted hulk of aircraft carrier USS Independence located off San Francisco coast. https://medium.com/@telstarlogistic/nuke-blasted-hulk-of-aircraft-carrier-uss-independence-located-off-san-francisco-coast-5c7bca4eca80.

The historic Hunters Point Gantry Crane was the site of the docking of the USS Independence- described as the “bomb scarred radioactive hulk of the World War II era aircraft carrier”

The Breast Cancer “Necklace” at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard

“Like a string of red pearls” — breast cancer indicator pins outline the perimeter of the federal Superfund system at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Yosemite Slough. Note the tight cluster of three cases centered around the 3rd & Palou historic entry to the radiation laboratory and industrial landfill on the shipyards southern shoreline. A woman residing at 3rd and Quesada was 27 years old when diagnosed with breast cancer. The Atomic Bomb Survivors registry classifies breast cancer in women as young as 20 as radiogenic breast cancer. [Breast Cancer Epidemiology & Risk: https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1697353-overview]

HP Biomonitoring’s “Breast Cancer Necklace” expanded in May of 2022 to include a woman diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27 while living at the intersection of 3rd and Quesada. Her father, at the same address, was diagnosed with prostate cancer and died in 2015 of colon cancer. Her mother — a nonsmoker -died of a chronic fibrosing lung disease caused by exposure to toxic air contaminants.

The beautiful Quesada Avenue Garden Initiative is located on a trajectory six blocks west of the radiation contaminated Parcel E-2 shoreline and industrial landfill. Urinary screenings conducted on a three year old boy, his mother and a gardner for the initiative detected alarming body burdens of radioactive and carcinogenic heavy metals documented by the Navy, EPA and listed as State of California Proposition 65 cancer causing chemicals.

The intersection of 3rd & Quesada is half a mile west of the fence line separating a densely populated neighborhood from the radiation contaminated shoreline of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, the Parcel E-2 Industrial Landfill and the campus of the US Naval Radiological Defense Laboratories. The Quesada Avenue Garden Initiative is located along the median strip of Quesada Avenue. A three year old boy and his mother who ingest produce from the community garden underwent urinary toxic exposure screening detecting a body burden of carcinogenic heavy metals on the State of California Proposition 65 list and documented by the US Navy and EPA to be present in shipyard soils, landfills and media. The three year old boy has suffered from severe since age six months. The common skin allergen nickel was detected in potentially toxic concentrations:

Alarming body burden detected in three year old who ingests produce from Quesada Gardens detects bismuth, nickel, tin, tungsten, copper, vanadium and zinc in concentrations at or exceeding allowable for the normal population. Also detected are mercury, cesium, rubidium and thallium.
Biomonitoring screening conducted on mother of three year old boy. Both live on Quesada Avenue and ingest produce from community garden. Note detection of aluminum, niobium, thallium, manganese in concentrations above reference range. Both mother and son have nickel detected in high normal concentrations. Both mother and son have cesium, rubidium and vanadium detected on urinary screening.
Urinary screening conducted on 20 year homeowner on Quesada Avenue and gardner for the Community Garden Initiative detects uranium in high normal concentrations. Iron, manganese and vanadium are detected in concentrations exceeding maximum allowable levels.

View From A Playground In Hunters Point!

Children’s playground located at the intersection of Palou Avenue at the Crisp Road entry to the Hunters Point Navals Shipyard, Building 800 series NRDL campus and Parcel E-2 shoreline and Industrial landfill — Federal Superfund Sites. The unfortified chain metal fence separating deep soil excavations and heavy equipment operations along Griffith Street is evident. A Washington Post news team led by race and environment journalist Darryl Fears captured photos of this region on July 9, 2022. A four year old boy died of brainstem cancer in April of 2022 who was born and lived on Navy Road three blocks north of where this photo was captured. Two year old “Baby Girl Holmes” died of acute leukemia in 2020. She lived a quarter of a mile north of this region on West Point Road.
Repeat urinary screening conducted on Hunters Point hilltop Kiska Road homeowner and retired Marine in July of 2022 documents worsening exposures to aluminum, arsenic, cesium, rubidium, thallium and manganese. The resident cared for her mother who died of brain cancer.
Photo obtained by Hunters Point hilltop resident of deep soil heavy equipment back hoe excavator within 15 feet of the unreinforced chain metal fence along Kiska Road. The Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club, Wu Yee children’s services, Westbrook Apartments, Hunters View public housing and private homes are located behind this fence. This photo and video evidence were submitted as a complaint to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in June of 2020 and included as an exhibition in a Proposition 65 Legal Injunction filed by attorneys representing 9,000 plaintiffs in the Hunters Point Community Lawsuit. A four year old boy died of brain stem cancer in April of 2022. He was born and lived one block south of this photo on Navy Road. A two year old girl in the Holmes family died of acute leukemia in 2020. The family is located two blocks north of this region on West Point Road.
Navy heavy equipment vehicles rolling along the western panhandle region of the heavily contaminated Parcel E-2 shoreline within feet of residents, playgrounds, churches and the major transit hub at 3rd & Palou.
Cancer survivors Mary Ratcliff & Misha Irizarry embrace in solidarity at the Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring program medical screening clinic located at 5021 3rd Street at Revere in April of 2022.
Long time resident and community leader diagnosed with acute leukemia and given “weeks to live” underwent repeat urinary screening that documents worsening exposures to mercury, aluminum, antimony, cadmium, platinum, rubidium, tin, tungsten, copper and manganese.
Deep soil excavations conducted by Navy operations at the radiation contaminated Parcel E-2 shoreline and landfill adjacent to chain metal fences without basic dust barriers.

The western fence line at the boundary with the federal Superfund system has emerged as a“hotspot” in HP Biomonitoring’s Radioactive Biomarker and Radiogenic Cancer Clusters.

State of California employees and a densely population community of an estimated 25,000 people are within feet of a radiation contaminated shoreline and industrial landfill - separately designated a federal Superfund site.
One mile buffer zone Hunters Point Naval Shipyard historic main entry at Crisp Road and Palou
Circular shaped cancer clusters -similar to the HP Biomonitoring “breast cancer necklace-” are documented in Boston and Philadelphia. At the epicenter of the cancer clusters in all three cities sits a landfill or toxic dump!

The brain of a child is very sensitive to radiation.

African Orthodox Church original artwork — Madonna & Child on display in foyer of Hunters Point Biomonitoring Foundation.

A four year old boy living on the Hunters Point hilltop overlooking the former headquarters of the US Naval Radiological Defense Laboratories died of brain cancer in April of 2022. HP Biomonitoring has identified a cluster of brain tumors called gliomas in this region. Gliomas have been proven, in human and animal studies, to be induced by exposure to radioactive and carcinogenic heavy metals.

In September 2021, 10 year old Sammy Johnson died of an aggressive form of brain cancer — a diffuse pontine glioma that infiltrated his brainstem that paralyzed him and arrested his ability to breath, speak and swallow within seven months of diagnosis.

The brain tumor cluster includes the minister of a church located 500 feet west of deep soil excavations and heavy equipment operations conducted by both the Navy and developer Lennar/Five Point at Parcel A-2 and E-2. It also includes an Oakdale homeowner, former elected member of the shipyards Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) and SF Chronicle newspaper employee.

Tony Montoya, former President of the Police Officers Association, underwent emergency brain surgery to relieve life threatening compression of his brainstem by a tumor presumed to be a glioma while working in Building 606 on the Parcel E shoreline.

Tony Montoya — President SFPD POA [https://www.sfchronicle.com/bay/area/article/SF-let-shipyard-cops-work-amid-tons-of-toxic-13375196.php

Saul Bloom — Executive Director of Arc Ecology, died of a glioblastoma in 2016 after documenting in the legal journal Verdict his exposure to carcinogenic heavy metals while working at Astoria Metals on Drydock 4. Bloom successfully sued the Navy and ultimately shut down hazardous operations of Astoria Metals after a decade long civil action.

Saul Bloom — Executive Director Arc Ecology Died July 16, 2016 of a Glioblastoma Brain Cancer after documenting his exposure to carcinogenic heavy metals at Drydock four in the legal journal The Verdict.

In April, Community organizer Tiffany Williams disclosed to ABC news she had been diagnosed with a brainstem glioma at age 29. Williams grew up on Yosemite Avenue adjacent to Yosemite Slough and lives on the Hunters Point hilltop. The family of the four year old boy who died of brain cancer in April are nearby neighbors.

In September of 2021, 10 year old Sammy Johnson died of a brainstem glioma in the family home at Palou and Quint.

https://sfbayview.com/2021/09/help-the-family-of-10-year-old-sammy-johnson-who-died-in-his-mothers-arms-of-a-brain-tumor/

Additionally, multiple meningiomas and tumors of the pituitary and auditory nerve are documented in the HP Biomonitoring brain tumor cluster.

HP Biomonitoring conducted urinary screening on woman living 50 feet from western fence line panhandle region who captured the photo of backhoe excavations at the landfill on August 11. 2021
Deep soil excavations at the northwestern boundary of the Parcel E-2 industrial landfill documented by a resident who lives 50 feet from this unreinforced fence line. A four year old boy born on Navy Road in housing sited north of these environmental violations died in April of 2022 of a brain tumor linked to carcinogenic heavy metal exposure.
HP Biomonitoring Geospatial Mapping Radioactive Biomarkers Detected in High Normal to Floridly Toxic Concentrations in Residents and Workers Within the One Mile Buffer Zone of the federal and state Superfund System of Chemical and Radiation Contaminated Properties. Updated 03/25/22. Watch Hunters Point Biomonitoring ROC Cluster on YouTube: https://youtu.be/vklKtBhz6ew
The UCSF Facility located in former NRDL animal kennel Building 830 at 75 Crisp Road is within 250 feet of the Parcel E-2 landfill. North of Building 830 on the Hunters Point hilltop a four year old boy died of a brain cancer in April. Less than a mile west of the complex a 10 year old boy died of a similar type of brainstem cancer in September of 2021. Southeast of the facility the San Francisco Police Department documents two cases of brain cancer.
A UCSF internal investigation concluded in 2021 confirms the detection of cesium, radium, thorium and daughters of uranium in dust employees complained enveloped their cars, cafeteria, worksites and kennels documented in a 2018 internal report:
Photo taken by Hunters Point Hilltop resident in June 2020 submitted to BAAQMD with video documentation of Proposition 65 violations. A deep soil backhoe excavator is operating at an unprotected fence line within feet of homes, schools, playgrounds, a daycare center and the Hunters Point Boys & Girls Club on Kiska Road. The four year old boy who died of brain cancer in April of this year was born on Navy Road — one block south of Kiska Road where this photo documenting Proposition 65 violation was submitted to regulatory agencies and triggered a Proposition 65 legal injunction filed on June 18, 2021 by attorneys representing the 9,000 plaintiff Hunters Point Community Lawsuit. Excavations of Parcel A-2 commenced by order of Mayor London Breed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the community with the second highest case rate and highest concentration of the Omicron variant during the peak of the California wildfire season in 2020.
EPA EJScreen Environmental Mapping Tool Air Toxics Cancer Risk ranks in the 95th to 100th percentile in the region of the Palou Avenue to Crisp Road historic main entry to the Hunters Point Shipyard southern shoreline and western fence line where a cluster of cancers proven to be induced by ionizing radiation and cancer causing heavy metals that have been mapped and detected on urinary toxic exposure screens by the Hunters Point Biomonitoring Program since 2019.
Earth Day 2022 — Youth vs The Apocalypse…to the rescue!
HP Biomonitoring founder & PI awarded the UCSF Medical Alumna of the Year 2021 at an elegant ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero on April 30, 2022. Dr. Sumchai was awarded the KPIX/CBS Jefferson Award — the “local Nobel Prize” in 2020.
Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai founded the Radiological Subcommittee of the Hunters Point Shipyard Restoration Advisory Board in August of 2001 and contributed to the finalization of the Hunters Point Shipyard Historical Radiological Assessment released in August 2004.
https://sfbayview.com/2022/03/hp-biomonitoring-promising-hope-for-hunters-point/

References:

https://www.bracpmo.navy.mil/content/dam/bracpmo/california/former_naval_shipyard_hunters_point/pdfs/all_documents/environmental_documents/radiological/hps_200408_hra.pdf

Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle Climate Crisis: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-protecting-public-health-and-environment-and-restoring-science-to-tackle-climate-crisis/

Human Biomonitoring (HBM) and Geospatial Mapping Applied to Determining Imminent and Proximate Threat to Human Safety at a federal Superfund System: https://ahimsaportersumchaimd.medium.com/human-biomonitoring-hbm-and-geospatial-mapping-applied-to-determining-imminent-and-proximate-de782db93e3d

The Landfill In Our Bodies:https://sfbayview.com/2020/04/the-landfill-in-our-bodies/

San Francisco Doctor Researches Impact of Toxic Dump: https://youtu.be/RF_f2nKONzA

Basic Geodesy: GIS Fundamentals and Mapping: https://youtu.be/mQXVJNeItr4

Brain Cancer Geospatial Mapping: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S259029112100098X

Hunters Point Biomonitoring ROC Cluster Youtube: https://youtu.be/vklKtBhz6ew

Youtube Video Archive Proposition 65 Violations — Western Fence Line Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Parcel A-2 & Parcel E-2: 1.https://youtu.be/o4dA5pzfwUU 2.https://youtu.be/YFujuHHPPRX 3. https://youtu.be/HwSOp6AgPuU 4. https://youtube.com/shorts/g0bPMSsznZ4?feature+share

The Landfill In Our Bodies:

Atomic Bomb Registry: https://www.genken.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/abcenter/database/index_e.html

Atomic Bomb Long Term Effects: https://k1project.columbia.edu/news/hiroshima-and-nagasaki-long-term-health-effects-cloned

VA Environmental Registry: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/benefits/registry-evaluation.asp

Cancer Incidence in Three Communities Near the Maywood Area Superfund Sites: https://www.state.nj.us/health/ceohs/documents/ecohap/haz_sites/bergen/maywood/maywood_chem_co/maywood_study_3_98.pdf

Brain Cancer Biomonitoring in Bayview Hunters Point: https://sfbayview.com/2021/03/brain-cancer-biomonitoring-in-bayview-hunters-point/

Abbey et al vs US Navy at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard: https://dockets.justia.com/docket/california/candce/3:2020cv06443/365853?amp

Hunters Point Community Lawsuit: https://hunterspointcommunitylawsuit.com/

World Trade Center Health Program — CDC- United States 2012–2020: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/ss/ss7004a1.htm

Proposition 65 List of chemicals: https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65

Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program: https://hunters-point-community-biomonitoring-program.business.site/

CDC Cancer Clusters: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/clusters/about.htm

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Cancer Alley at the Hunters Point Shipyard:https://sfbayview.com/2022/01/cancer-alley-at-the-hunters-point-shipyard/

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An Insider Tour of the Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program” https://sfbayview.com/2020/09/an-insider-tour-of-the-hunters-point-community-biomonitoring-program/

https://alumni.ucsf.edu/stories/ahimsa-porter-sumchai

Hunters Point Biomonitoring Foundation, Inc. 5021 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94124:https://www.alignable.com/san-francisco-ca/hunters-point-community-biomonitoring-program
Talmadge King, MD — Dean School of Medicine University of California San Francisco Medical Alumni Association Awards Presentation April 30, 2022 Hyatt Regency Hotel
Hunters Point Biomonitoring Foundation Founder and President Board of Directors Raymond Tompkins
Katie Maloney — UCSF Medical Alumni Association
https://alumni.ucsf.edu/stories/ahimsa-porter-sumchai
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Founder, Director, PI - HP Biomonitoring/ Founding Chair- Radiological Committee Hunters Point Shipyard RAB 2001, Former Attending MD VA Toxic Registry & SFDPH

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Ahimsa Porter Sumchai MD

Founder, Director, PI - HP Biomonitoring/ Founding Chair- Radiological Committee Hunters Point Shipyard RAB 2001, Former Attending MD VA Toxic Registry & SFDPH