Hunters Point Naval Shipyard: 2nd Quarter 2018 Progress Update; Public Comment Periods Remain Open; Visit the Radiological Retesting Page on Navy’s Website

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Navy Presents Summary of Recent Achievements, Overview of Upcoming Activities

The current Quarterly Update summarizes the HPNS community involvement activities and documents available for public review between April and June 2018, as well as upcoming activities and documents scheduled for July through September 2018.

Click here to read the Second Quarter 2018 Progress Update.



Comments to Navy documents must be submitted in writing during the official Public Comment Period for each respective document to:

Derek Robinson
BRAC Environmental Coordinator, HPNS
Navy BRAC PMO West
33000 Nixie Way
Bldg 50, 2nd Floor
San Diego, CA. 92147

Additional information on Document Review Locations and How to Comment on a Navy Document are available in the DOCUMENT RESOURCES section of this edition of Around the Shipyard.


Five-Year Review Available for Public Review and Comment Through September 7, 2018

The Navy follows federal guidelines during the cleanup at HPNS established in The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980 (also known as Superfund), as amended by The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986. In accordance with federal requirements, the Navy conducts reviews of remedies at HPNS every five years.

This is the fourth Five-Year Review of remedies at HPNS, providing an update of the status of remedial actions at HPNS and progress made since the third Five-Year Review in November 2013.

Comments on this document must be submitted to Derek Robinson (as noted above) by September 7, 2018.

Click here for a direct link to the Draft Fourth Five-Year Review.


Draft Work Plan for Radiological Retesting at Parcel G: Public Comment Period Open Through August 14, 2018

The Navy encourages members of the community to review and comment on the Draft Work Plan document during the ongoing Public Comment Period.

For a direct link to each document, please select from the list below:
Draft Parcel G Work Plan 
Parcel G Work Plan Fact Sheet
Parcel G Work Plan Questions and Answers

Please submit your written comments no later than August 14, 2018 to Derek Robinson, as noted above.

Independent Resource Available

For assistance in understanding the radiological aspects of the Draft Work Plan, please contact the Navy’s Community Technical Advisor, Dr. Kathryn Higley, who specializes in radiological health and safety, by telephone at (541) 737-7063 or by email at More information on Dr. Higley may be found below in the COMMUNITY RESOURCES section of this newsletter.


Navy Website Provides Information on Radiological Program Pages

The Navy has developed several new radiological web pages as an enhanced resource for the community to receive information on HPNS. Click here to visit the radiological pages of the HPNS website.

See below for a summary of and links to several of the pages:

NEW!!! Radiological Retesting at HPNS: Get background on the Navy’s radiological retesting at HPNS, as well as updates on each parcel included in the ongoing retesting efforts. (Note: Content on the Radiological Retesting web page will be updated as milestones are achieved in the process for each parcel. Please check back for updates!)
Timely Topics: Your first stop for up-to-date topics of interest
Parcel A: Learn about the historical use of Parcel A, radiological surveys conducted prior to transfer of the property, and public safety
Reference Library: Find reference documents on radiological retesting at HPNS
Get Involved: How you can get involved in Navy meetings and events

Additional resources may be found by searching other pages on the Navy’s website.


Technical Advisor Available to Answer Radiological Health and Safety Questions

As the Navy’s community technical advisor for HPNS, Dr. Higley is available to help answer your radiological health and safety questions. She may be reached by phone at (541) 737-7063 or by email at Please contact her if you would like to schedule a time to meet in person.

About Dr. Higley

Dr. Higley is the Head of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering at Oregon State University. As a Certified Health Physicist, she holds degrees in Radiological Health Sciences and is an internationally-recognized expert in radiological health and safety. She is a highly qualified independent resource available to the public to assist with HPNS radiological issues.

Navy Community Liaison Available for Information

On behalf of the Navy, Mr. James Bryant is available as a resource to the Hunters Point Community during the radiological retesting at HPNS. You may drop in to Mr. Bryant’s office anytime during regular office hours to pick up information, ask questions, or leave comments on the Navy’s cleanup at HPNS.

Mr. Bryant’s office is located at JBR Partners, 1333 Evans Avenue, San Francisco 94124. To schedule a time to meet with Mr. Bryant, please call him at (415) 970-9051. He is also available by email at

Please note: Official public comments should not be delivered to Mr. Bryant’s office. Please reference information below for instructions on How to Comment on a Navy Document.

About Mr. Bryant

Mr. Bryant is a local Bayview resident with a long history in community outreach. He serves as a resource to the HPNS community on behalf of the Navy by gathering community member questions and sharing information on the Navy’s radiological cleanup at HPNS. Mr. Bryant welcomes you to strike up a conversation when you see him out and about in the Bayview. In addition, he welcomes your comments and questions at when he attends various local community group meetings and events.



September Bus Tours

September 8, 2018
Look for information on how to reserve on a seat a guided bus tour of HPNS in an upcoming edition of Around the Shipyard!

October Community Meeting Open House

October 3, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
OCII Community Room, 451 Galvez Avenue, San Francisco
Topic: Radiological Update

Click for Map to OCII Community Room, 451 Galvez Avenue

Click to view Muni System Map (San Francisco Transit Authority)



Document Review Locations

The Fourth Five-Year Review, the Draft Parcel G Work Plan, and other site documents are available at the established Information Repositories for HPNS.

City of San Francisco Main Library
Science, Technical, & Government Document Room, 5th Floor
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4400

Shipyard Site Trailer
690 Hudson Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
(near the HPNS main gate)

Navy’s Website 
Radiological retesting documents are available on the new REFERENCE LIBRARYpage of the Navy’s website. Additional program documents may be found on the DOCUMENTS page of the Navy’s website.


How to Comment on a Navy Document

The Navy encourages members of the public to review and comment on documents related to the cleanup at HPNS. Federal law requires an official Public Comment Period for specific documents. In addition, the Navy may release additional documents for public comment to encourage public participation in the cleanup process and to gain feedback on the work planned.

Listed below are a few suggestions about how you can get involved with the Navy’s cleanup at HPNS. In advance, thank you for your input!

1. Access and read the document(s) available for public comment
Go the Navy’s website or visit one of the local Information Repositories (see Document Review Locations, above) to review the documents included in a current official Public Comment Period.
2. Clarify your concerns
Work plans and findings reports are technical in nature. If you have questions or need clarification, contact Navy team members and other experts to help you understand whether your concerns are addressed in the document.
3. Document your comments
Write down your comments. Be as specific as possible, noting the section and page number your comment applies to.
4. Be constructive
When possible, offer feedback that may be used to improve the program. Comments that are specific, measurable, attainable, and relevant are best.
5. Be timely
To be sure that your comments are included in the official record, make sure you submit your comments before the official Public Comment Period for the document you are interested in closes.

All comments on Navy HPNS documents must be submitted in writing to:

Derek Robinson
BRAC Environmental Coordinator, HPNS
Navy BRAC PMO West
33000 Nixie Way
Bldg 50, 2nd Floor
San Diego, CA. 92147

Comments may also be submitted by email to:



The Navy updates the HPNS website regularly with documents, reports, and meeting materials. Recent updates include additions to the radiological program pages, information on the ongoing public comment period for the Fourth Five-Year Review, and this Quarterly Progress Update.



How can you receive information on HPNS from the Navy and participate in the cleanup process?

Link with your Liaison, Mr. James Bryant
Ask an Expert, Dr. Kathryn Higley
Come to a Navy meeting
Send an email to
Leave a message on the HPNS Info Line at (415) 295-4742

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About This Newsletter

Around the Shipyard is a periodic update of Navy cleanup activities, program outreach and shipyard news at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard (HPNS) for members of the HPNS community. This newsletter is an extension of the Navy’s outreach for the environmental cleanup program as outlined in the Navy’s HPNS Community Involvement Plan. The purpose is to enhance the availability of program information through the use of electronic resources.