|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||20 Sep 2004 05:25:23 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Fort Worth Depot|
Toxic material lingers at depot|
By Scott Streater Star-Telegram (TX) September 19, 2004
FORT WORTH -- The old Army supply depot south of downtown looks harmless enough.
Inside the chain-link fence, children frolic on a preschool playground. Just outside, picnic tables await families in a city park and residents while away the hours fishing in a small lake.
But there's a hidden danger: Lead, arsenic and other toxic chemicals remain in the soil and water at the Fort Worth Federal Center, which for six decades stored raw materials for the military.
A Star-Telegram investigation has found that more than a dozen pollutants -- including a suspected stash of the highly toxic herbicide Agent Orange -- are spread throughout the center's 278 acres and beyond, including the preschool and the park.
Federal regulators say they do not believe that there's an immediate health risk, but they acknowledge that they don't know. Further studies are planned this fall.
Yet, environmental inspectors have warned for years that children and other park users could be at risk from cancer-causing agents, and they have long recommended that the site be cleaned, according to the Star-Telegram review of more than 5,000 pages of federal, state and city records.
for the entire article, see http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/9705502.htm?1c
-- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 http://www.cpeo.org
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