9 p.m., March 22
Toxic sludge set to be dredged from San Diego Bay
NASSCO, the massive General Dynamics shipbuilding arm that occupies 124 acres of waterfront along the San Diego Bay, has agreed to pick up a portion of the cost to conduct a cleanup project estimated to cost approximately $50 million, the Port of San Diego is reporting.
Under the tentative agreement related to a federal lawsuit involving NASSCO, BAE Systems, the City of San Diego, Campbell Industries, San Diego Gas and Electric, the U.S. Navy and the Port, all of whom debate responsibility for pollution in the bay, a contractor is set to mobilize this week in preparation of beginning work on the “Shipyard Sediment Site,” the largest pollution basin in the bay. Work will not actually begin, however, until the Port and others who have committed dollars to the first phase of the project are ready to fund the work.
About 140,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment will be dredged from the bay via barge, mixed with concrete, and trucked off to a landfill.
Exact details on the arrangement have not been released, pending finalization of the terms.