Alameda Sun: Wildlife Refuge Off Limits, May 31, 2012


Even after all the clean-up work is completed, the Navy proposes to put a permanent chain link fence topped with barbed wire around a scenic shoreline section of the wildlife refuge at Alameda Point.

"Good grief! If a fence is needed, will Site 2 be clean enough for our community?" Leora Feeney, cochair of the Audubon Society's Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Refuge said when she first learned about the fence.

The Navy used the site for underground waste disposal from 1956 to 1978. According to representatives at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the permanent fence has nothing to do with human health risks at the site.