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The Treasure Island neighborhood’s history spans back 81 years. In 1939, San Francisco built this 404-acre artificial landform for the Golden Gate International Exhibition. In 1941, the Navy took it for a military base, and in 1999-2000, when it was decommissioned, San Franciscans – mostly people of color at risk of homelessness – moved in.
According to the EPA, one reason Treasure Island did not have Superfund status was that the state of California is “opposing inclusion on the NPL.” At that time, Treasure Island got the highest or near highest Hazard Ranking Scores for risk of exposure to residents, the human food chain and the environment.
For those who are trapped here, San Francisco’s Treasure island shares similarities with a death camp they can’t escape. Men, women and children are stricken with tumors and cancers from exposure to radiation, chemicals and lead the Navy dumped into island soil during 50 years training sailors for nuclear war, as well as lung disease from asbestos and mold in the walls of military housing.