11 episodes

A billion-dollar cleanup of a former Navy base in San Francisco has been rocked by fraud. San Francisco Chronicle reporters Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes explore the history of that shipyard and other Navy installations that handled toxic materials, and what’s being done to make sure the land is safe enough for new housing and other development.

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A billion-dollar cleanup of a former Navy base in San Francisco has been rocked by fraud. San Francisco Chronicle reporters Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes explore the history of that shipyard and other Navy installations that handled toxic materials, and what’s being done to make sure the land is safe enough for new housing and other development.

    Rounding out the Toxic Year

    Rounding out the Toxic Year

    Things are wrapping up but hardly slowing down in the final episode of Toxic's first season. Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes discuss three stories they're working on involving the radiation cleanup scandal at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, including new calls for an investigation into the city official they talked about last week. 
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    • 21 min
    The health official who helped sell shipyard homes

    The health official who helped sell shipyard homes

    Cynthia Dizikes and Jason Fagone talk about their latest investigation, into how San Francisco's top health regulator overseeing the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard got directly involved with some home sales there, helping convince uncertain buyers the Superfund site was safe — but not telling them everything she knew.
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    • 20 min
    The Watchdog

    The Watchdog

    Daniel Hirsch, retired head of the UC Santa Cruz environmental and nuclear policy program and an expert on Superfund cleanups, talks to Jason Fagone about what went wrong with the cleanup at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard — which was a lot. Hirsch says the site could have been cleaned up by now, with the money that's already spent, if the Navy, the city of San Francisco, and the Navy contractor Tetra Tech had done their jobs properly.  
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    • 41 min
    What the Parcel A retest revealed

    What the Parcel A retest revealed

    The state says its retest of Parcel A, the area of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard where people are living, and where soil samples were falsified in earlier testing, shows the area is safe. Critics say the new scan was still inadequate. 
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    • 11 min
    Why this story matters

    Why this story matters

    Cynthia Dizikes and Jason Fagone take a step back from the fast-moving story about the cleanup of Hunters Point shipyard and other toxic former military sites in the Bay Area to talk about why they're covering this story, why it matters and why listeners should care. 
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    • 20 min
    Left in the dirt

    Left in the dirt

    As tons of toxic soil piled up around cops who worked at the Hunters Point shipyard, San Francisco assured them  they were safe. But the city never knew, and still doesn't. Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes talk about the latest story in their investigation for the San Francisco Chronicle.
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    • 32 min

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