Navy to conduct radiological testing of leased homes on Treasure Island

Every home under lease on Treasure Island will soon be surveyed for possible radiological materials as part of ongoing environmental cleanup efforts, the U.S. Navy announced Monday.

“There are currently no known public-health hazards,” the Navy affirmed in a news release.

The testing of island residences is being conducted due to a recent radiological finding beneath a nonleased housing unit and requests from residents at a Feb. 18 Restoration Advisory Board meeting.

Radiological surveys will be conducted on all units within Site 12 at the former Naval Station at Treasure Island. Residents are being notified and a public workshop will soon be held on a yet-to-be-determined date to outline program details, said Navy spokesman Lee Saunders.

“They’re internal surveys. They’re going to go inside homes,” he said.

Since 2006, the Navy has found nearly 600 radioactive objects, almost all of them in the former waste disposal areas that it operated from 1942 to 1960. Most of the objects are old rusted dials and gauges with glow-in-the-dark paint containing the material, radium 226.

The agency continues to complete its environmental cleanup program on the island and “public health and safety remains the Navy’s highest priority,” according to the statement.

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