POLLUTION

The Southeast Sector has a number of sites that are sources of pollution. The Southeast Sector also has the highest number of homeowners more than 61% of the people in the area own their homes. City wide more people rent and fewer than 30% own their homes.

Modern technology permits us to make a number of precise evaluations. From time to time I have been able to explain some of the more critical pollution issues and sites to the Board of Supervisors and to the Mayor of San Francisco. Also, to many City and County of San Francisco agencies who should be doing their job. It is a shame again and again many representatives of the constituents they represent do not feel the hurt of the constituents when it comes to pollution issues.

The Bayview Raw Sewage plant was never built to take all the raw sewage from Burlingame, Daly City, Brisbane, and the ever-expanding Mission Bay. The City passed a proposition many years ago to build a CROSS TOWN TUNNEL to take all the secondary effluents to the Pacific Ocean. The position remains the only proposition passed by the constituents of San Francisco that has gone nowhere. One has just to pass by Evans Street to smell the stench emitting from the Raw Sewage Plant on any day. It also takes over 80% of the sewage from all over the City including the Presidio of San Francisco.

Concrete, gravel, and sand plants by pier 92 and 94 emit a lot of pollution in the air. Two aging power plants within a distance of mile spew toxins into the air every single second. Diesel toxins along the 3rd Street corridor from trucks, buses, and huge rigs fill the air with deadly toxins that cause cancer. Traces of methane gas are found all over the Hunters Point Shipyard. But then there is more - PCBs, lead, asbestos and a host of other deadly poisons. There are over 350 toxic hot spots all over the Bayview Hunters Point.

The map that accompanies this article tries to do some justice. It sort so gives the reader a bird's eye view of what is where when it comes to some of the pollution in the Southeast Sector. Enjoy.

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