Shipyard asbestos hazards now safely managed, feds say 

Current safety practices are protecting Bayview residents from asbestos particles kicked up by redevelopment-related work at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, federal regulators found.

Asbestos is a disease-causing fiber that occurs naturally in Bay Area soils, including those at the shuttered shipyard.

Lennar Corp. in 2008 was fined $515,000 by state air regulators for failing to properly manage and monitor airborne asbestos-laced dust during 2006 and 2007 grading efforts related to redevelopment of an outlying portion of the shipyard.

“Strict best-management practices for dust and asbestos monitoring and mitigation are in place to protect the community and keep exposure to asbestos in dust within acceptable levels,” the agency ruled in a report published Wednesday.

The agency did not evaluate the extent to which Bayview neighbors were exposed to airborne asbestos hazards during early grading efforts in 2006 because the company’s monitoring stations were not functioning at that time, according to EPA remediation official and report author Mark Ripperda.

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