2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 25 Feb 2005 17:02:44 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Filter system to be tried on private well with perchlorate
Filter system to be tried on perchlorate

Cape Cod Times (MA)
February 25, 2005

Relief may soon be on the way for a Sandwich couple with perchlorate
flowing through their tap.

The state Department of Environmental Protection and the Army are
investigating filter systems that could remove the trace amounts of the
substance from the family's well.

Peter and Pearl Moretti asked the Army to either pay for a hookup to
town water or provide them free bottled water after the Groundwater
Study Program found perchlorate in their well last year. The discovery
was part of an investigation of several plumes of perchlorate trailing
from old contractor ranges on the southeastern portion of Camp Edwards.

Perchlorate, a substance found in explosives and rocket fuel, can
inhibit the uptake of iodide from the thyroid gland, which regulates the body.

Over the years, the Air Force has connected local homes to town water
where private wells were tainted from groundwater contamination coming
from the Upper Cape military base. 

Last year, the Army paid for several tie-ins to the Bourne water
district for several homes near the canal, where a perchlorate plume
threatened a private well.

But in the case of the Morettis, Army officials have said they are not
certain the contamination at the private well is associated with the
base plume.


For the entire article, see


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
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