San Francisco supervisors to hold hearing on health impacts of big developments 

A Board of Supervisors committee hearing Thursday will focus on the Department of Public Health’s role in reporting the potential health impacts of large developments.

The 1 p.m. hearing by the Government Audit & Oversight Committee is of interest to activist groups that obtained emails in April between DPH officials and Lennar, the company that plans to build 10,000 new homes at the shuttered U.S. Navy Base at Hunters Point.

A group called People Organizing to Win Employment Rights says the emails -- obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request -- show collusion between company and government officials over how to publicly portray the shipyard’s contamination problem, which POWER contends is causing asthma and other illnesses for Bayview district residents.

In a press release Wednesday, the group called for the resignation of a DPH environmental engineer involved in the shipyard project. POWER contends the emails also show misconduct by officials in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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