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Cleaning Boats and Ships of Hazardous Paints

Cleanup of ship paints and toxic materials is part of ship graveyard maintenance and environmental compliance

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According to Arc Ecology, a San Francisco based marine and shore nonprofit specializing in toxic cleanups and related community issues, "the United States military produces more hazardous waste annually than the five largest international chemical companies combined."

Restoring environmental quality, habitats, wetlands and providing disadvantaged communities & communities of color with toxicological & environmental cleanup technical support is the focus of this Arc Ecology program.

When military bases close, it takes years for the economies of the communities surrounding these facilities to recover. Arc Ecology work economics program focuses on affordable housing, jobs for disadvantaged communities, investments in community benefits, business ownership opportunities for poor communities, and novel industrial development strategies for Brownfields.

Shipyard Cleanup Example: Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco

The Community Window on the Hunters Point Shipyard Cleanup is an information clearinghouse on the environmental cleanup of the Hunters Point Shipyard, located in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. [Photo: The Community Window on the Shipyard office on Third Street in San Francisco.] This is an environmental justice project dedicated to empowering the Bayview community as well as other residents of San Francisco with the information and resources needed to become meaningfully involved in the cleanup of the Hunters Point Shipyard superfund site.

Compliance Laws for Environmental Cleanup of Federal Facilities

The major laws that govern the environmental cleanup of federal facilities in California include:
  • Comprehensive Environmental Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)/Superfund
  • Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA)
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Sovereign Immunity

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Community Window on the Hunters Point Shipyard

Arc Ecology is a community-based grassroots public interest campaign for peace, environmental responsibility, a compassionate economy and s just society, and is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Arc Ecology



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