|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 22 Jun 2000 12:41:58 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Army to sign water treatment ROD at Aberdeen|
Submitted by "Cal Baier-Anderson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, technical consultant to the Abderdenn Proving Group Superfund Citizens Coalition. Army Agrees to Sign ROD: Community Victory United Pressure from Citizens, EPA, MDE and County Officials Convinces Army (Pentagon Level) to Sign ROD to Insure Maryland Citizens have Safe Drinking Water! For more than a year, the Department of the Army (DA) has stalled the Superfund cleanup process at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), and then refused to sign, a Record of Decision (ROD), which involved building a water treatment plant for the Perryman Wellfield in Harford County, Maryland. Past activities at APG, an active base, have resulted in significant groundwater contamination of the aquifer that feeds the Perryman Wellfield, the largest source of groundwater in Harford County, and a source of drinking water for over 88,000 residents and businesses. Two Harford County drinking water wells are already contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE), and explosives are routinely detected in nearby monitoring wells. APG funded an interim emergency facility to treat the water wells until the extent of the contamination was determined. Response to the DA's decision to reject the ROD was quick and strong. APGSCC, local community groups, county and state officials mounted a letter writing campaign and strongly supported Harford County's efforts to protect their drinking water. EPA Region 3 also stood their ground, and worked at "the highest levels of the Department of the Army to resolve the issues associated with the ROD." Yielding to the united front presented by EPA, Maryland Department of the Environment, Harford County officials and the community, the Department of the Army contacted EPA on Tuesday, June 13th, and reported that they would build the Perryman Wellfield Water Treatment Plant. This is a victory not only for Harford County, but also for CERCLA programs at Army bases throughout the country. Decisions made by local IR Programs, federal and state regulators, and citizens during the long remediation process cannot be summarily cast aside by the DA at the last minute. To a large extent, this problem originated with the lack of active participation on the part of the DA. If the DA wants to play a role in the decision making process, they must participate from the beginning rather than joining in at the 11th hour. This not only causes unnecessary delays in clean-up activities, but also is extremely frustrating for community members who donate their time for these issues. The APG IRP and the community have a long history of a good and productive working relationship, and together we strive to select remedies that are both protective for the community and cost effective. One important point the DA overlooked is the fact that the ROD proposed by the APG IR Program provides the most cost efficient means of treating the extensive groundwater contamination in this area of the base. It is our understanding that the Department of the Army strongly promotes meaningful stakeholder involvement. We urge the higher command at the Pentagon to take a more active role in the remediation process at the level of the local command to avoid similar situations from occurring in the future at APG or at other bases. -- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 222B View St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/968-1126 email@example.com http://www.cpeo.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can find archived listserve messages on the CPEO website at http://www.cpeo.org/lists/index.html. If this email has been forwarded to you and you'd like to subscribe, please send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org ___________________________________________________________ T O P I C A The Email You Want. http://www.topica.com/t/16 Newsletters, Tips and Discussions on Your Favorite Topics
Prev by Date: [CPEO-MEF] The Army's ITR Process at Aberdeen|
Next by Date: Re: [CPEO-MEF] Fences at UXO sites
Prev by Thread: Re: [CPEO-MEF] The Army's ITR Process at Aberdeen|
Next by Thread: [CPEO-MEF] Vieques East?