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A month later, toxic dump still smolders in San Francisco
EPA blasts Navy's handling of Superfund fire
SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) -- Nearly a month after flames first appeared at one of the most polluted military sites in the United States, a hazardous waste landfill fire is still smoldering underground Thursday at Navy-owned property in San Francisco.
The fire, its cause unknown, has burned since August 16 on a portion of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, which borders Candlestick Park.
But it wasn't until August 31 that the Navy notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has the contaminated dump on its Superfund list of cleanup sites.
The EPA says the Navy should have fought the fires more aggressively.
Readings from air quality monitors show no toxic risk to the nearby Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood where the city hopes to build new homes and businesses after the site is cleansed of toxic wastes.
But residents say no monitors were in place during recent flare-ups that sent clouds of multicolored smoke into the air.
In the meantime, no one can, with certainty, know what's actually burning and when the fire will be out.
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