Cold War-Era Site Shuts Down Over Lead And Asbestos Concerns

THE PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS. IT SITS ATOP MOUNT UMUNHUM. BUT NOW .. KPIX 5′ s DEVIN FEHELY REPORTS: THE LANDMARK IS SUDDENLY SHUT DOWN AGAIN .. THIS TIME, BECAUSE OF CHEMICAL CONCERNS.[ NATS – SEPTEMBER’s RIBBON-CUTTING][ SKY DRONE 5 MONTAGE] “3, 2, 1…( heartening ). ” THOUSANDS OF HIKERS AND BICYCLISTS FLOCKED TO MT. UMUNHUM WHEN IT OPENED THIS PAST SEPTEMBER … AFTER BEING OFF-LIMITS TO THE PUBLIC FOR DECADES.[ NATS] BUT ONE OF THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS … THE MYSTERIOUS CUBE … A REMNANT OF THE COLD-WAR-ERA RADAR TOWER THAT ONCE SAT ATOP THE SUMMIT … IS CLOSED Previously AGAIN … AFTER PEELING PAINT WAS NOTICED FLAKING OFF THE BUILDING. “MIDPENINSULA REGIONAL OPEN SPACE DISTRICT GM ANA RUIZ: Out of an abundance of urge, we researched those and they came back positive for guide paint and finds of asbestos.”[ NATS] SWIRLING WIND AND RAIN LEFT THE SUMMIT LARGELY DESERTED TODAY … BUT THE AREA AROUND THE CUBE HAS BEEN FENCED OFF … AND THE CLEANUP IS SET TO BEGIN AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK. “MIDPENINSULA REGIONAL OPEN SPACE DISTRICT GM ANA RUIZ: There actually was a previous cleanup that was done.In 2011, the Army Corp of Engineers did an abatement errand on the radar tower.”[ NATS] THE MIDPENINSULA REGIONAL OPEN SPACE DISTRICT ESTIMATES ROUGHLY 14 -HUNDRED CARS … AND BETWEEN FOUR TO FIVE-THOUSAND PEOPLE VISIT THE PARK EACH WEEK. “AMAH MUTSUN TRIBAL CHAIRMAIN VALENTIN LOPEZ: We solicited that there be a spiritual curve there — a plaza for service, a arrange for prayer.” VALENTIN LOPEZ … CHAIRMAN OF THE AMAH MUTSUN NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE … WORKED WITH THE OPEN SPACE DISTRICT TO CREATE A SPECIAL, CEREMONIAL SPACE AT THE SUMMIT … BUT HAS BEEN FORCED TO CANCEL SEVERAL UPCOMING EVENTS UNTIL THE CLEANUP IS COMPLETE. “MIDPENINSULA REGIONAL OPEN SPACE DISTRICT GM ANA RUIZ: We’ve got to articulate safe first. We don’t want the decorate to deteriorate to moment where it becomes dust that people breath in.”[ STANDUP] “KPIX REPORTER DEVIN FEHELY: The Open Space District guesses the cleanup will take two to three months. They hope to have the summit absolutely reopened by June — in time for the summer.At Mt. Umunhum, Devin Fehely, KPIX 5. ” “THE CUBE” WAS USED TO KEEP AN EYE ON ENEMIES .. IN THE SKY. IT WAS DECOMMISSIONED IN.

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