REFLECTIONS…

Romeo & Mia at HP Biomonitoring Medical Screening Clinic circa 2019
St. Francis of Assisi is remembered for many things one of which was his love for nature and the environment. A collection of legends about his life includes one in which St. Francis made peace between the terrified residents of a town and a ferocious wolf that devoured their livestock. St. Francis blessed the wolf and to the great amazement of the townspeople, the wolf ceased.
3rd and Evans Avenue, in the heart of the modern day Bayview Hunters Point community, was a brackish marshland home to San Francisco’s “Butchertown”. Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library (AAB-6727)

Chemist Glenn T Seaburg — longest serving chair of the Atomic Energy Commission — called Shot Baker “the worlds first nuclear disaster.”

Shot Baker was one of two atomic weapons tests conducted jointly by the US Army and Navy in July of 1946 at Bikini Atoll. Shot Baker was the first underwater detonation of a 23 Kiloton “Fat Man” plutonium bomb. On July 25, 1946, 96 target ships were assembled to test the effect of nuclear weapons on warships. The target ships contained live goats, sheep and pigs killed by the eruption of a million tons of radioactive water upward into a mile high column and mushroom dome creating waves of radioactive fallout that rolled over the target vessels. Eighty five mangled and contaminated ships were towed to the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard for futile attempts at decontamination. Getty Images/Science Source 1946
Sacrificial lambs and goats on the alter of military prowess. These helpless animals were strapped onto the decks of a fleet of 96 target ships exposed to a 23 kiloton plutonium bomb during Operation Crossroads in 1946. The underwater blast contaminated test ships and turned them into “radioactive stoves.”Photo courtesy National Security Archive — Bikini A-Bomb Tests July 1946
Radiation contaminated Operations Crossroads ships docked at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard — photo from cover of Draft Final Hunters Point Shipyard Historical Radiological Assessment Volume II 1939–2003
Radioactive “Killing Fields” at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard -photo SF Chronicle

“These buildings were “hot” chemistry and biology labs, kennels for animals given lethal doses of radiation, and storage vaults for radioactive elements used in experiments. The Navy stashed drums of radioactive waste in temporary shacks in the area.” Working in a Wasteland Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes San Francisco Chronicle July 26, 2018

The Hunters Point Shipyard Historical Radiological Assessment identifies all areas in red, yellow, light green and green to be radiological designated sites, areas or impacted buildings. The author contributed to finalization of the August 3, 2004 Final HRA as Founding Chair of the Hunters Point Shipyard Restoration Advisory Board Radiological Subcommittee.
Building 815 is the windowless six story headquarters for the NRDL where from 1946 to 1969 academic scientists recruited from UC Berkeley and Stanford engaged in research and practices that would be deemed highly unethical and immoral by present day standards.
Document distributed to Hunters Point Shipyard Restoration Advisory Board in 2002 documents the proximity of the Parcel E-2 landfill and radiation contaminated shoreline from the UCSF compound. Building 830 workers report smelling methane and petroleum products and experts believe the landfill has migrated laterally and may now be under Building 830.
Urine toxic exposure screening conducted on senior Animal Technician who worked at Building 830 on the radiation contaminated Parcel E-2 shoreline within feet of an industrial landfill for 12 years. An aggregate of radioactive and carcinogenic heavy metals is detected in toxic range including cesium, gallium, platinum, rubidium, thallium, manganese, vanadium, zinc and potassium.
The Hunters Point Shipyard Historical Radiological Assessment documents Buildings 831 and 830 to be radiation impacted. Despite this fact Building 830 is the site of UCSF animal kennels and 30 full time and part time university employees.

Human biomonitoring links radioactive and carcinogenic heavy metals to death of pets.

A radiation induced soft tissue sarcoma in dogs and cats often arises from the limbs. A PubMed cited research study on beagles intentionally exposed to varying doses of external beam radiation proves ionizing radiation can induce a soft tissue sarcoma in dogs within 2 to 5 years
Misty died in 2020 of a soft tissue sarcoma of the thigh. She was loved by her Human who has lived for over 20 years on Oakdale Avenue — a “stones throw” from the Crisp Road entry to the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. They went on walks together along the radiation contaminated shoreline.
Urine toxic exposure screening from Misty’s Human — a Hunters Point homeowner and former elected member of the shipyard RAB who has undergone surgery for breast cancer and recurrent brain tumors. The urinary toxicology test reveals a dangerous aggregate of radioactive metals known to induce lethal cancers in both humans and animals including cesium, thallium and strontium.
The “naked” unreinforced fenceline at 1000 Revere Avenue at Fitch separating the chemical and radiation contaminated shoreline and Parcel E-2 landfill from homes and the major intersection at 3rd and Palou less than a mile away.
A urine toxic exposure screening was requested by a Hunters Point resident who has lived within 250 feet of the intersection of 1000 Revere and Fitch at the unreinforced fence line separating the Hunters Point Naval Shipyards most dangerously contaminated soils and landfills from the western neighborhood.
Urinary toxic exposure screening conducted on a 55 year old woman who has lived for 25 years at the western fence line separating the contaminated naval base from densely populated Bayview Hunters Point. She has suffered through the death of 6 dogs and cats who died from signs and symptoms of cancer. Arsenic is detected in a concentration three times greater than toxic. Arsenic and thallium were used as industrial rodent killers and the combination of arsenic, thallium and radioactive metals in toxic concentrations explains multiple small animal deaths.
Frequency of detection of chemicals of concern in Parcel C soils. Parcel C is less contaminated than Parcels D and E where NRDL operations were sited. Note arsenic, nickel, manganese, vanadium, lead and iron are detected in 70 to 100% of samples and exceed remediation goals in the concentrations detected.
HP Biomonitoring Cancer Cluster at the Hunters Point Shipyard updated on August 25, 2021. Colored pin heads correspond to cancers the Atomic Bomb Survivors Registry links to radiation exposure. The black pins are at locations where animal deaths due to cancer have been verified. Note the clustering around the shipyards historic main entry at Palou & 3rd and along the western boundary at the Parcel E-2 landfill and radiation contaminated shoreline. Building 606 housed the SFPD beginning in 1996. Multiple cancers have been reported including brain cancer, lung cancer, thyroid cancer and two canine deaths from cancer.

The Meaning of the Word, Ahimsa

Prayer for my Pet — “In your infinite wisdom, Lord God, when you created the universe you blessed us with all living creatures. We thank you for giving us our pets who are our friends and who bring us so much joy in life. Their presence helps us get through trying times. Kindly bless my pet. Image courtesy Ahimsa Veterinary Clinic

“To Gandhi, Ahimsa was not only the means but also the end. It was not only during the struggle for freedom that he wanted Ahimsa to be practiced. He wanted a non-violent society.”

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Ahimsa Porter Sumchai MD- Director & PI. Founding Chair- Radiological Committee Hunters Point Shipyard RAB 2001, Former Attending MD VA Toxic Registry & SFDPH