Transcribed from the end of the 6/23/05 KPFA news report by Brian Edwards-Tiekert:]

... New allegations about the site may throw a serious monkey wrench in UC Berkeley's plans to develop it

Rick Alcaraz was the groundskeeper at the Field Station in the late 1960's. He says the University used marshy parts of the site as a dumping ground for everything from incinerator ash to mysterious barrels from the labs

"We used to go up to Lawrence and pick up 55 gallon drums of rock -- we thought nothing of that. You know, rock? We weren't supposed to ask any questions, we were just supposed to bury them. But I was like 22, 23? I got nosy and looked inside."

Alcaraz said he handled a couple rocks then put them back when a coworker warned him that they were "live." His problems started that night

"My feet swelled up, my eardrums started bleeding, and my nose, and I'd cry blood. And my gums swelled up, and I went to Brookside hospital with this condition, & I told them what it was and they contacted my employer and they said I was allergic to the eucalyptus."

Those symptoms are not commonly associated with allergies, but they are consistent with acute radiation poisoning

A UC Berkeley representative said the University has done radiation testing where Alcaraz says hundreds of barrels are buried.

The tests found nothing, but only checked the surface of the marsh. The state DTSC has recommended that Berkeley pay for more tests, this time with a metal detector that can confirm whether or not there are drums buried in the Bay mud

Berkeley officials said they expect that testing to happen within the next month.


Rick Alcaraz told me (S. Culver) in May 2005, that before the dumping started "there was nothing out there before, just water."   See photos from various time periods.