2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 3 Mar 2005 23:39:50 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Marion Depot (OH) cleanup
What's next for RV campus?
Army Corps cleaning up contamination

The Marion Star (OH)
March 3, 2005

MARION -- Cleanup of contamination at a former military depot continues
at the former campus of River Valley High School and Middle School. 

Other than one incident where higher than expected levels of
contamination vapors were detected and required emergency attention, the
cleanup is proceeding as projected. 

Officials are now focusing on what standards the remediation at the site
will meet and what future use those standards should allow. Projected
date for completion of the cleanup at the former site of the Marion
Engineer Depot is in late May or early June. 

The Army Corps of Engineers and its contractor MWH Americas Inc. began
the project in January. The cleanup follows seven years of environmental
investigation, prompted after a school nurse compiled a list showing 15
cancer cases among River Valley graduates. 

The Ohio Department of Health concluded that studies and tests showed no
conclusive links between the former school campus and an increased
danger of developing cancer. But with the Concerned River Valley
Families organization urging relocation, through a combination of
federal, state and local funding, the district was able to relocate the
senior/junior high campus from 1239 Columbus-Sandusky Road to its new
home on Ohio 95, east of Ohio 98. 

The cleanup is to include the excavation of contaminated soil from two
areas on the property, a 29,600-square-foot portion behind the schools
and a 4,200-square-foot portion southwest of the larger area, according
to the Corps of Engineers. 


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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