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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.

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.

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Rounding out the Toxic Year

12/23/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:20:21

The health official who helped sell shipyard homes

12/17/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:18:47

The Watchdog

12/10/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:39:55

What the Parcel A retest revealed

12/3/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:10:34

Why this story matters

11/19/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:19:28

Left in the dirt

11/9/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:40

Obsolete safety standards

11/5/2018
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A team of researchers has published a report saying that — separate from any fraud — the cleanup of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco has been inadequate in ways that, in the words of the lead researcher, "would knock my socks off." Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes talk about the latest breaking news in the cleanup scandal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:11:53

Department of Justice backs whistle-blowers

10/29/2018
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Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes discuss the Department of Justice's plans to sue Tetra Tech EC, revealed in court files made public last week. Tetra Tech is the Navy contractor accused of widespread fraud in the cleanup of San Francisco’s toxic Hunters Point shipyard. The government throwing its weight behind the whistle-blowers bolsters their allegations of misconduct. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:16:53

Our Toxic story so far

10/22/2018
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When Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes of the San Francisco Chronicle began reporting about the cleanup of radioactive former military sites around the Bay Area, they thought they'd be writing a few long, deeply reported stories, and this podcast would accompany them in documentary form. But their reporting, as well as that of other reporters, has resulted in breaking news. So Toxic will now be a weekly discussion of this developing story. This week: A review of what's been reported to this...

Duration:00:30:35

Building 606

7/25/2018
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Six former San Francisco cops who were stationed at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard — where ships were brought for decontamination after the Bikini Atoll nuclear tests — share what it was like to work at an EPA Superfund site whose cleanup has become a scandal. They also describe the fears they have about their own health and that of their families. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:18:03

Trailer

7/3/2018
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Coming soon: An investigation into questions and concerns arising from the cleanup of toxic former Navy sites around San Francisco Bay. Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes of the San Francisco Chronicle report. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:02:25