2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 10:16:35 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Spring Valley
The December, 2000 edition of the Washingtonian contains a lengthy
feature on contamination and cleanup in the Spring Valley neighborhood
in Washington, DC. The contamination is the residue from Army chemical
warfare development and testing conducted in association with American
University during World War I. The Army Corps of Engineers has been
addressing the problem as part of the Formerly Used Defense Sites

The article, by Harry Jaffe, suggests that people (and dogs) in the
neighborhood have probably contracted serious diseases as a result of
exposures, and that the Army declared victory (no further action)
prematurely. It asserts that the Army has been reluctant to seek
additional hot spots and has not been fully forthcoming about the risks.
It credits officials from the District of Columbia and U.S. EPA for
insisting upon full investigation and remediation.


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

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