'As the city of San Francisco attempts to build new government housing on a former nuclear test site, an investigation has revealed that the contractors who were supposed to clean up the area intentionally botched the work, even going as far as to swap soil samples from contaminated sites with clean ones.
NBC Bay Area reported that the U.S. Navy is now admitting that the work completed by Tetra Tech, the contractor it hired to clean up the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, resulted in “evidence of potential data manipulation and falsification.”
A comprehensive review of the radiological data Tetra Tech collected from 80 acres out of the shipyard’s nearly 1,000 acres of land was ordered by Navy consultants last year after there were accusations of widespread fraud.
While the local affiliate claimed that Navy officials caught Tetra Tech mishandling soil samples and falsifying data in several locations in 2014, Curbed San Francisco reported that the company’s contractors, who have “a long history of winning government contracts,” were first accused of falsifying soil samples in 2012.
The goal for the former nuclear test site was to build 12,000 homes and 5 million square feet of office and commercial space. A report from Business Insider noted that the price tag for the renovations is $8 billion, which would be added to the $1 billion the government has already spent on the site’s cleanup since the 1990s.'
Read more: California Government Caught Building Housing On Contaminated Nuclear Test Sites
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