QUEST TO DETECT PLUTONIUM

Photo- Lea Suzuki/The Chronicle
When you add two protons to a uranium atom you get plutonium

The Elephant in the Room at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard is Breaking Out!

“Surely you know what Plutonium is. It’s one of the most dangerous, radioactive, toxic elements in the world. It’s used in atom bombs and the production of nuclear energy. And it’s responsible for killing a massive number of people in the world…in mere seconds. “ Image Creator: FelixS
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Like a bull in a china shop, radioactive plutonium wreaks havoc in lung tissue by killing lung cells and causing scarring of the lungs, lung disease and cancer. Plutonium enters the bloodstream exposing the kidneys to alpha particles. Plutonium concentrates in bones, liver and spleen. [https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/emergencies/isotopes/plutonium.htm]
When the nucleus of an atom fissions it splits into several smaller fragments.

Fat Man in the Room at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard

Replica of the Fat Man bomb dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Fat Man was an implosion type nuclear weapon with a solid plutonium core weighing over 10,000 pounds built by scientists at Los Alamos Laboratory in 1945. 120 plutonium bombs were produced before Fat Man “retired” in 1950. When the nucleus of a plutonium atom fissions, it splits into smaller fragments.
Helen of Bikini — the underwater detonation of a 23 kiloton Fat Man plutonium bomb in the Bikini Atoll of the Marshall Islands occurred on July 25, 1946. Up to 90 target and support ships were ultimately hauled back to the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.
Shot Baker -aerial view -target and support ships were damaged by shock waves, heat and radiation.
Map Courtesy OCII Presentation March 2018 indiabasin.org
Cover photo of HRA— Target and support ships exposed to the 23 kiloton underwater detonation of the “Fat Man” plutonium bomb on July 25, 1946 docked at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Shot Baker was one of a series of 23 nuclear weapons tests conducted by the United States in the Bikini Atoll of the Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958. The Baker test proved that radioactivity could disable a fleet.
Maximum detected concentrations of Pu-239 and Pu-240 in Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Parcel F sediment occur in the Submarine area where the Shipyard artists are currently located and Berths North where Operation Crossroads target ships were docked including the USS Independence. Note maximum concentrations of Cs-137, Co-60, Pu-239/240,Ra-226 and Sr-90 are also detected in the Submarine area of the base where the artist colony is sited.
Urinary screening conducted on a shipyard artist with a studio located in the Parcel B Submarine area for over a decade detects uranium in concentrations exceeding reference range and cesium in high normal concentrations.
Artist Colony Hunters Point Naval Shipyard Parcel B Submarine Area and Submarine Pens Photo: indiabasin.org
The bomb-scarred, radioactive hulk of the World War II-era aircraft carrier USS Independence moored at the historic Gantry Crane where it operated as a floating NRDL radiation laboratory and nuclear waste repository until sunk by the Navy on January 26, 1951. On April 16, 2015 NOAA confirmed the location of the USS Independence on the sea floor off California’s Farallon Islands.
Jason Doiy Photo — 1948 Images of SF Hunters Point
Radiological contamination of Hunters Point Naval Shipyard shoreline Parcel E and Parcel F sediment from the HRA prepared by NBC News. The Parcel F Feasibility Study documents maximum detected concentrations of Pu-239 and Pu-240 in subtidal sediment (0.7530 pCi/g) 44 times higher than background (0.0173 pCi/g).
When soil samples were taken by the Navy at the Hunters Point Shipyard , 90% of them did not measure Plutonium — 239 according to Committee To Bridge the Gap

HP Biomonitoring Prepares to Conduct Rapid Emergency Urinary Screenings for Plutonium Radioisotopes

Plutonium has a half life of ovr 24,000 years and scientists have determined that in small amounts it is highly toxic leading to radiation illness, cancer and death. New details about plutonium toxicity have emerged in research conducted by Argonne National Laboratory
Got Geiger Counter! Dr. James Dahlgren is a UCSF trained Board Certified Internist who draws upon 40 years of experience in environmental toxicology. Dr. Dahlgren is founder of Pacific Toxicology Laboratories and served as expert witness in Hinkley versus PG&E — commonly called the Erin Brokovich case -that settled in 1966 for $333 million, previously the largest toxic tort settlement in U.S. history. On November 10, 2021 a federal judge approved a partial settlement for $626.25 million to Flint Michigan residents. Dr. Dahlgren conducted Geiger counter readings that detected gamma counts as high as 50cpm at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard main gate at Crisp Road at Palou Avenue. Baseline is below 20cpm. Geiger counter readings downwind at the major intersection and transit station at 3rd Street and Palou Avenue detected gamma readings as high as 56cpm.
Detecting the Elephant in the Room at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard…it’s obviously there!
Historical Radiological Assessment Volume II
Radionuclides of Concern at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard from the Historical Radiological Assessment
The Manhattan Project Human Plutonium Injection Experiments rival research conducted by Nazi Germany and the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. Criticism of Hamilton’s human experiments using plutonium is documented in Eileen Welsome’s book, “The Plutonium Files.”
African American worker subjected to plutonium without knowledge or consent from Democracy Now — Plutonium Files: How the U.S. Secretly Fed Radioactivity to Thousands of Americans
The Plutonium Files: America’s Secret Medical Experiments during the Cold War authored by Eileen Welsome in 1999. It offers a chilling history of US government and academic researchers radiation experiments on American citizens without their knowledge or consent.

“There was clear evidence of a linear association between cumulative internal plutonium lung dose and risk of lung cancer mortality.”

Human lung tissue damaged by Plutonium exposure from autopsies conducted on residents living adjacent to Los Alamos Laboratory. Human biomonitoring research documents increased lung cancer in white male workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Mayak Nuclear Plant workers in Russia.

Speaking Truth to Environmental Toxic Exposures

Dr. Janette Sherman hiking in Haleakala National Park in Hawaii. In the course of her lifetime physician and activist Janette Sherman gave voice to countless — and often voiceless — victims of environmental toxic exposures. She died on November 7, 2019 at age 89.
Photo by Hunters Point fence line resident Kelly Tankerley on 11/08/21 shows heavy equipment operations at the shipyards unfortified western fence in the region of Building 815 — main headquarters for the NRDL where Dr. Janette Sherman worked .
Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai and the Hunters Point Shipyard — Up Close and Personal!

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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