Matt Smith

Articles by Matt Smith

1 May 2014
Features

For decades before it was selected for closure, the Treasure Island Naval Station in San Francisco Bay overhauled military ships and housed nuclear war academies that used radium, plutonium, and cesium 137 in their training courses.

24 March 2014
Americas

In reversal, Navy to survey Treasure Island residences for radiation

The Center for Investigative ReportingKatharine MieszkowskiMatt Smith

After years of delay, the US Navy plans to survey all occupied residences on former base in San Francisco Bay for radioactive contamination.

24 February 2014
Americas

Treasure Island cleanup exposes Navy’s mishandling of its nuclear past

Matt SmithKatharine MieszkowskiThe Center for Investigative Reporting

For decades before it was selected for closure, the Treasure Island Naval Station in San Francisco Bay overhauled military ships and housed nuclear war academies that used radium, plutonium, and cesium 137 in their training courses. The Navy knew for years that those materials were not always in safe hands. But it did not acknowledge that history publicly, and as a result, workers preparing for civilian redevelopment may have inadvertently spread radioactive material around the island, The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has found in a yearlong investigation co-published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.