2003 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 14 Mar 2003 20:23:40 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] EPA blasts Navy report
EPA blasts Navy report
Agency questions study that claims Moffett residents safe
By Julie O'Shea

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week sharply criticized a
Navy report that claimed residents of a Moffett Field military housing
area were safe from pollution beneath their homes.

EPA's comments call the conclusions of the study -- which says residents
have no elevated risk of cancer or other ailments -- "not consistent
with the data" the Navy gathered. Other parts of the report were called
"incomplete," and some conclusions "incorrect."

Released last month, the Navy document was intended to study whether
trichloroethene (TCE) -- a solvent linked to cancer, lupus and other
ailments -- which was leaked into groundwater by military and industrial
operations, was endangering residents by escaping into homes and outdoor
air in the Orion Park housing complex.

"In general, I'd say we think the Navy's conclusions are not consistent
with the data," said Alana Lee, EPA's project manager for Moffett Field.

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