2003 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 18 Feb 2003 19:40:41 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Well testing under way
Well testing under way
Officials seek extent of perchlorate pollution
By Heather MacDonald
Staff Writer

SAUGUS -- The Castaic Lake Water Agency began testing several
contaminated wells Friday to determine the size and scope of the
perchlorate plume that state officials believe stems from the defunct
Bermite munitions factory.

Water officials will extract several hundred gallons from each of the
four contaminated wells that pump the Saugus Aquifer to get a better
sense of how far the pollution has spread and how best to clean it up.

"The data will allow us to begin to understand the plume," said senior
engineer Michael Thompson, as workers began testing a well behind the
KISS Self-Storage facility on San Fernando Road. "It's the first phase
of cleanup."

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