Press conference MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 21, 3 p.m., at California State Building, 350 McAllister St., San Francisco: Environmentalists join Hunters Point residents’ demand that Newsom rescind state contract with Tetra Tech to clean up Butte County Camp Fire debris
by Charles Bonner, Esq.
Residents will be joined at a press conference on MLK Day by community leader Christopher Muhammad of the Nation of Islam, former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown and attorney Charles Bonner, who represents over 3,000 Hunters Point plaintiffs in their $27 billion lawsuit filed against Tetra Tech last year for its fraudulent reports that it had cleaned up a portion of the Shipyard. The residents’ demand that Gov. Newsom rescind the state’s contract with Tetra Tech for Butte County wildfire cleanup is supported by renowned environmental and medical leaders, including Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai, environmental scientist Wilma Subra, Dr. Rupa Marya, epidemiologist Mark Alexander and Dr. Ray Tompkins.
Newly inaugurated Gov. Newsom, who had barely been sworn in as governor when he appointed Jared Blumenfeld to head the Cal-EPA Agency, was a pivotal player in the deal the City of San Francisco made with mega-housing developer Lennar when he was mayor to construct more than 10,000 housing units on the Shipyard. The Navy then engaged Tetra Tech to clean up the Superfund site for the Lennar development.
Late last year, the Shipyard’s first homeowners sued Lennar, and now the Navy itself and the Department of Justice have sued Tetra Tech for its dangerously fraudulent practices. More, Congressional House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently echoed residents’ outrage, stating, “We are concerned that Tetra Tech continues to receive contracts amidst ongoing Department of Justice whistleblower lawsuits into their fraudulent work at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.”
The CalEPA-CalRecycle contract with Tetra Tech was flagrantly entered into even as the U.S. Department of Justice filed its lawsuit against Tetra Tech. To add insult to injury, CalRecycle, headed by Scott Smithline, recently issued a statement arrogantly defending its choice of Tetra Tech.
This contract is an insult to residents who remain fearful for their very lives over the radiated Shipyard given the unusually high incidences of cancer, cancer deaths, respiratory diseases and other medical conditions among Hunters Point residents that scientists and doctors have indicated are caused by the Shipyard’s radiation and other toxic releases. Hunters Point residents send out a warning to Butte County fire victims to beware of Tetra Tech’s practices.
Town hall meeting MLK Day, 12-3 p.m., at Muhammad University of Islam, 195 Kiska Rd, in Hunters Point to precede press conference
A town hall meeting at noon on Martin Luther King Day will update the public, including the 3,000 plaintiffs. on the $27 billion lawsuit filed on their behalf. The agenda:
- Welcome: Min. Christopher Muhammad
- Community actions: Sister Elaine Brown
- Lawsuit: Attorney Charles Bonner
- Medical and scientific proof “fear”: Dr. Mark Alexander, Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai, Ray Tompkins, Wilma Subra, Dr. Rupa Marya
- Questions and answers
At 2:15, the group will adjourn and reassemble at the 3 p.m. press conference at the California State Building, 350 McAllister St.
For more information or to get involved, contact Charles Bonner, Esq., at Charles@bonnerlaw.com.