Stanford University and United States Navy environmental clean-up

The San Francisco Bay Area projects will mitigate hazardous radioactive waste

July 6, 2020

WSB announced two significant projects in the San Francisco Bay area for the firm’s environmental investigation and remediation team.

WSB’s environmental team will assist Stanford University at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory with the management of the low-level radioactive waste and other research byproducts. Additionally, the firm began managing the waste disposal process and environmental sampling at Treasure Island and Hunters Point, two former U.S. Navy installations.

“Securing these contracts was a substantial win for our firm,” said Chris Knuteson, WSB’s director of environmental investigation and remediation. “Building strong partnerships and expanding our offerings was at the top of my goals list when I joined WSB six months ago. Across the country, demand for environmental clean-up continues to rise. It’s energizing to be contributing to the public health and safety of our communities on a larger scale.”

After WSB team members complete their work at the University lab, the low-level radioactive waste will be safety managed and sent for disposal. The facility is best known for its research with accelerating electrons into virus cells / bacteria and cancer cells to test for cures. The site is also where Jane Goodall performed a large amount of her primate research.

“This is new territory for WSB, but certainly not beyond our scope of expertise,” said Andi Moffatt, WSB’s vice president of environmental services. “For years we’ve been expanding our presence throughout the United States. We brought Chris to WSB to build our remediation and investigation services and this is a perfect example of how we can serve our clients’ varying environmental needs.”

WSB’s work with the Navy started in June when testing and remediation on Treasure Island and Hunters Point began. The team is acting as quality control technicians during the large-scale environmental clean-up. Hunters Point is the location of the former Manhattan Project experiments and Naval ship repairs – both resulting in radiological contamination in the soil. Treasure Island is also contaminated with radiological elements from buried debris. Environmental clean-up efforts have been occurring on both sites since the late 1990s and are anticipated to be complete by the end of 2021.

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