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Navy Will Clean Station Itself; Could Take Years

August 16, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A $378-million disagreement over the cost to clean up contaminants at the former Alameda Naval Air Station probably will delay for years the city's sweeping plans to develop the prime waterfront land.

The U.S. Navy pegs the cost to clean up the land at roughly $180 million, but a private contractor hired by the city's developer put the price tag at $558 million, city officials said.

The disparity in the cost estimates has prompted the Navy to scrap its plans for an early transfer of roughly 1,000 acres of the base. Instead, the Navy has decided to clean the base itself, a process that could take seven to 15 years.

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