Navy Cleanup Study Out
The U.S. Navy’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Project Management Office completed a five-year review of the environmental cleanup actions at the Alameda Point.
The BRAC review spanned 15 sites at Alameda Point, formerly Alameda Naval Air Station, and the former Fleet and Industrial Supply Center in Oakland. The BRAC decided to review the former supply center because it shares the same marsh crust (soil covering former marshland) as the Alameda Point sites. The 15 sites at Alameda Point reviewed were operational unit-1 sites 6, 16, and 14; operational unit-2A sites 9, 13 and 19; operational unit-2B sites 3 and 4, operational unit-4A site 2; operational unit-4B site 17; operational unit-5 site 25 and operational unit-6 sites 26, 27 and 28.
The review was required under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). CERCLA requires the federal government to warrant that all remedial action required to protect human health and the environment has been taken prior to the disposal of surplus federal property. It also requires that any additional remedial or corrective action discovered after disposal will be done by the United States.
If the Department of the Navy cannot certify in an Environmental Assessment that there will be no significant impact, it must prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An EIS is a detailed statement on environmental impacts that includes formal public participation.
The Navy transferred 1,379 acres (509 acres upland and 870 acres submerged) to the City of Alameda, referred to as “Phase I of the No-Cost Economic Development Conveyance” in June 2013. In April 2016 the Navy transferred approximately 184 additional acres (including 110 acres submerged) to Alameda as part of Phase 2 of the conveyance plan.
To see the review report, visit the Alameda Point Information Repository at 950 West Mall Sq. Bldg. 1 or the Alameda Main Library at 1550 Oak St.