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Press Conference Calling for Criminal Investigation & Prosecution of Pelosi/Feinstein $1B Fraud
Date Monday April 16
Time 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Event Type Press Conference
Organizer/AuthorUnited Public Workers For Action
Location Details
US Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco
4/16 Press Conference calling for Criminal Investigation and Prosecution of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Diane Feinstein For $1 Billion Dollar Criminal Fraud On US Government

Monday April 16, 2018 11:00 AM
US Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco

This press conference will present evidence that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Diane Feinstein have been engaged in obstruction of justice and fraud on the American people by refusing to investigate the $1 billion dollar fraud at the clean-up at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Treasure Island. Whistleblowers including Test America Quality Assurance Manager Michael Madry discovered falsified testing at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and the Treasure Island sites and reported this to Congresswoman Pelosi. He was bullied and fired by Test America and the Federal Investigator and lawyer Darrell Whitman at the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program investigated his case and found merit that he had been retaliated against for reporting health and safety violations. OSHA Investigator and Lawyer Darrell Whitman was then bullied and illegally terminated by OSHA and the Department of Labor for refusing to change his report on Michael Madry.

He sent the information of the corruption to Senator Feinstein and she responded but refused to investigate and defend him against the illegal harassment and termination.

Both Senator Feinstein and Congresswoman Pelosi also have numerous financial conflicts of interests in the development project and have ignored and suppressed investigations of the termination of 7 whistleblowers by the Tetra Tech company which as received hundreds of millions of dollars from the US Navy for remediation of both sites. The Navy hired an independent consultant that found that 50% of the tests were fraudulent on the $1 billion dollar project. Neither Senator Feinstein and Congresswoman Pelosi have carried out their responsibility to protect the interests and people of San Francisco, California and the United States in this massive criminal fraud and obstruction of justice.

Speakers will provide documents about this corruption and obstruction of justice by these US government officials. We also are calling for a complete moratorium on any further development and remediation and a halt to all Federal contracts with Tetra Tech and Test America.

Sponsored by
United Public Workers For Action
http://www.upwa.info
(415)282-1908

Additional Media:

WW2-20-18 OSHA Whistleblowers And Hunters Point Shipyard Cover-up
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww2-20-18-osha-whistleblowers-and-hunters-point-shipyard-cover-up
WorkWeek looks at the systemic cover-up of corrupt testing at the San Francisco Hunters Point Shipyard and Treasure Island by Test America and Tetra Tech in collusion with San Francisco politicians.

We hear from Test America quality assurance manager Mike Madry and OSHA lawyer and investigator Darrell Whitman who report on their retaliation by both the company and the management of OSHA.

WorkWeek also interviews Dr. Ray Tomkins who developed tests for the community of toxins and Mary Radcliff the publisher of San Francisco Bayview newspaper which has been the most important newspaper in the country on this systemic cover-up and serious health issues in the community.

Dr. Tomkins also discusses how proper testing was thwarted by San Francisco City and State officials. This also included former SF DA Kamala Harris who is now a US Senator from California, former Mayor Gavin Newsom who is running for governor, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Senator Diane Feinstein and Congresswomen Barbara Lee.
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Added to the calendar on Saturday Mar 31st, 2018 11:18 AM
§Hunters Point Nuclear Warning Sign
by United Public Workers For Action Saturday Mar 31st, 2018 11:18 AM
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Tetra Tech executives conspired to cover-up the "clean-up" of the highly contaminated nuclear site. Despite the 6 whistleblowers from Tetra Tech who blew the whistle on the criminal cover-up of the "cleanup" Senator Feinstein and Congresswoman Pelosi have refused to call for any investigation of the $1 billion dollar fraud on the US government by this testing falsification of the dangerous Superfund site that now contains housing built by Lennar Urban. Congresswoman Pelosi's cousin worked as a executive of Lennar while she was pushing the development
§Tetra Tech Health and Safety Whistleblowers
by United Public Workers For Action Saturday Mar 31st, 2018 11:18 AM
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Tetra Tech health and safety inspectors put their jobs and lives on the line to warn the public about the criminal cover-up of testing by Tetra Tech bosses. The US Navy continues to employ Tetra Tech at the Treasure Island remediation and they have hundreds of millions of dollars of contracts throughout the United States despite their criminal fraud in the "clean-up" at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard/Radiological Laboratory and Treasure Island.
San Francisco, California and US political representative from California have been completely silent about this massive cover-up and criminal $1 billion dollar fraud on the people of the United States.
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This press conference will present evidence that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Diane Feinstein have been engaged in obstruction of justice and fraud on the American people by refusing to investigate the $1 billion dollar fraud at the clean-up at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Treasure Island.

Monday April 16, 2018 11:00 AM
US Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco

This press conference will present evidence that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Diane Feinstein have been engaged in obstruction of justice and fraud on the American people by refusing to investigate the $1 billion dollar fraud at the clean-up at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and Treasure Island. Whistleblowers including Test America Quality Assurance Manager Michael Madry discovered falsified testing at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and the Treasure Island sites and reported this to Congresswoman Pelosi. He was bullied and fired by Test America and the Federal Investigator and lawyer Darrell Whitman at the OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program investigated his case and found merit that he had been retaliated against for reporting health and safety violations. OSHA Investigator and Lawyer Darrell Whitman was then bullied and illegally terminated by OSHA and the Department of Labor for refusing to change his report on Michael Madry.

He sent the information of the corruption to Senator Feinstein and she responded but refused to investigate and defend him against the illegal harassment and termination.

Both Senator Feinstein and Congresswoman Pelosi also have numerous financial conflicts of interests in the development project and have ignored and suppressed investigations of the termination of 7 whistleblowers by the Tetra Tech company which as received hundreds of millions of dollars from the US Navy for remediation of both sites. The Navy hired an independent consultant that found that 50% of the tests were fraudulent on the $1 billion dollar project. Neither Senator Feinstein and Congresswoman Pelosi have carried out their responsibility to protect the interests and people of San Francisco, California and the United States in this massive criminal fraud and obstruction of justice.

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Faked cleanup at Hunters Point Shipyard much worse than Navy estimates
90 to 97 percent of cleanup at two sites is questionable—“biggest case of eco-fraud in U.S. history”

https://sf.curbed.com/2018/4/10/17219434/hunters-point-shipyard-navy-cleanup-san-francisco-faked

By Chris Roberts@cbloggy
Apr 10, 2018, 11:04am PDT

David Satterfield, spokesman for lead developer Lennar Urban, walks the grounds of the new San Francisco Shipyard homes development in Hunters Point, 2015. Photo by Associated Press
The U.S. Navy is drastically understating the severity of the ongoing environmental scandal at its former shipyard in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood, an official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared in newly released documents.

The biggest redevelopment project in San Francisco since the 1906 earthquake, with 12,000 planned housing units as well as millions of square feet of office and retail space, transformation of the former warship repair base and nuclear weapons testing laboratory—an EPA Superfund site contaminated with industrial and radioactive pollution—has largely been on hold since 2016, when the EPA halted land transfers while a fraud scandal could be unraveled.

Workers with Tetra Tech, a Pasadena-based firm with a history of winning government contractors, first came forward beginning in 2012 with allegations that the cleanup had been faked on the orders of higher-ups at the company.

A review of Tetra Tech’s data, conducted last year by other contractors hired by the U.S. Navy and first published by Curbed SF, found that as much as 49 percent of the company’s work had signs of manipulation or outright falsification and could not be trusted.

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However, an independent review by the EPA found that the Navy dramatically understated the scope of the problem. According to the EPA, as much as 97 percent of the cleanup data is unreliable and must be retested, John Chestnutt, manager of the EPA’s local Superfund Division, wrote in a December 27 letter.

“The data analyzed demonstrate a widespread pattern of practices that appear to show deliberate falsification, failure to perform the work in a manner required to ensure [cleanup] requirements were met, or both,” Chestnutt wrote.


Chestnutt’s letter was obtained and published Monday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), an advocacy group based in the Washington, D.C. area.

The EPA’s current review only covered about 40 percent of the base. However, the EPA’s findings echo criticism of the Navy’s handling of the scandal from environmental watchdog groups and neighborhood advocates.

Tetra Tech first admitted to providing false soil samples in 2014, but was allowed to continue working after blaming the problem on low-level employees and submitting other workers to “ethics training,” excuses and solutions the Navy appeared ready to accept until more whistleblowers came forward alleging more widespread and systemic fraud—allegations that have now been sustained.

“What makes these findings so remarkable is that the Navy was on notice for years that it had a major data meltdown on its hands yet is still trying to cook the books,” said Jeff Ruch, PEER’s executive director. “The Navy created an environmental nightmare on this stretch of the San Francisco Bay but instead of cleaning it up has spent the past several years compounding it.”

The Navy created an environmental nightmare on this stretch of the San Francisco Bay but instead of cleaning it up has spent the past several years compounding it.
Derek Robinson, the Navy’s program manager for Hunters Point, did not respond to an email or a telephone message seeking comment.

Michele Huitric, a spokesperson at the local branch of the EPA, did not offer comment to Curbed SF. In a statement issued to the San Francisco ExaminerMonday, Huitric said that the EPA, which is responsible for overseeing the Navy’s cleanup of the shipyard, is “pleased” that the Navy will be “resampling the impacted parcels.”

The Navy is supposed to begin retesting contaminated shipyard land sometime this summer. No timeline or start date for that work has been publicly released.

According to Ruch, the shipyard scandal is “unfolding into the biggest case of eco-fraud in U.S. history.” Only the Volkswagen emissions scandal, in which the automaker sold 500,000 cars designed to cheat the Clean Air Act, can compare, Ruch told Curbed SF.

The shipyard is divided into alphanumeric parcels. In a review of the work on Parcel B, the Navy found issues with 15 percent of the data collected. On Parcel G, the Navy recommended 49 percent of the data be resampled.

But according to a “technical team including national experts in health physics, geology, and statistics” assembled by the EPA, 90 percent of the data on Parcel B is untrustworthy. On Parcel G, 97 percent of the data is “suspect,” according to the EPA.

Tetra Tech workers falsified data in a variety of ways. These include pulling soil samples from an area known to be clean—the site of a former movie theater—and passing them off as soil from areas known to be dirty; running scanners too quickly to detect contamination; faking chain-of-custody records, and faking results at on-site testing laboratories.

Together, those two parcels comprise about 40 percent of the base’s land area. According to plans filed by FivePoint, the developer of the SF Shipyard, those parcels are the planned future homes for the area’s densest residential development and the core of a retail area.

FivePoint is closely associated with Miami-based homebuilding giant Lennar Urban, which in turn has close ties to the local Democratic Party power structure in San Francisco.

The development behemoth’s regional vice president, Kofi Bonner, is a former aide to Willie Brown, San Francisco’s former mayor. And Brown is a principal in Golden Gate Global, an investment fund that’s luring overseas investors to sink capital in the shipyard project in exchange for visas.

California’s two U.S. senators are part of the same San Francisco-based power circle: former state attorney general Kamala Harris is a Brown associate who served as city district attorney. And senior U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is a former San Francisco mayor.

Yet for some inexplicable reason, “we’re not seeing California’s or even San Francisco’s delegation up in arms about this,” PEER’s Ruch noted. “San Francisco’s members of Congress are very well placed. They could enact revenge. They could force hearings.”
“You would think at the head of the line of aggrieved parties would be the US Navy, but they don’t appear to be aggrieved,” he added. “There are no consequences.”

In a statement emailed to Curbed SF, Taylor Griffin, a spokesperson for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who represents most of San Francisco in Congress, said Pelosi and her staff “continue to closely monitor” the situation, and has been in “close touch” with both the EPA and Navy.

“Public health and safety remains our top concern, while working to ensure the timely delivery of long-awaited housing and jobs when the cleanup is completed,” Griffin wrote.

Ironically, under embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, cleaning Superfund sites has been a stated priority—and a source of rare praise for the Trump Administration from environmental advocates, who have credited Pruitt with pushing private companies to perform “aggressive, accelerated cleanups,” as the Washington Post reported in January.

[M]uch of the $1 billion in taxpayer money spent on cleaning up the shipyard has gone to waste.
Meanwhile, the fraud means that much of the $1 billion in taxpayer money spent on cleaning up the shipyard has gone to waste—and Tetra Tech, the contractor responsible for the faked data, has largely escaped punishment.

The company, which posted profits in excess of $350 million last year, managed to escape paying a $7,000 fine levied on it by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on appeal.

Tetra Tech is also a subcontractor on a $1.4 billion work arrangement with the Department of Energy to clean up pollution at Los Alamos in New Mexico—the historic home of the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb (which was shipped in secret to Hunters Point, where it was loaded onto a ship for delivery to the Pacific). Critiques of that arrangement have fallen on deaf ears at the Department of Energy, which stated that Tetra Tech would remain involved.

Tetra Tech has yet to comment publicly on the findings. However, the company appears to be preparing for a leadership shift—and to compensate departing leaders.

According to SEC filings, in March, company shareholders approved a severance plan for Tetra Tech executives. For the next two years, executives “terminated by the company without ‘cause’” are eligible for “lump sum cash severance payments,” including salary, bonuses, and “full vesting of outstanding unvested stock options.”

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