The Hazards of Growing Up on Treasure Island: One of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth

by Desmond Meagley

Some residents who live on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay are concerned about exposure to toxins, because many areas on the island have been marked as radioactive. While officials at the California Environmental Protection Agency have not currently identified unsafe levels of contamination in homes on the island, young people who live there still worry about potential health risks.

Produced by: Ike Sriskandarajah, Teresa Chin
Filmed by: Luis Flores, Chaz Hubbard
Edited by: Luis Flores
Music by: Luis Flores



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