|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||18 Mar 2005 16:50:41 -0000|
|Subject:||[Fwd: [CPEO-MEF] PCB Contamination at Badger AAP (WI)]|
Peter Strauss <email@example.com> wrote: > > What strikes me about the CSWAB update is that 5-12 percent of paint > mixtures were PCBs! I wonder how many other sites around the country have > the same potential for releasing PCBs into the environment. Although long > thought of as merely a fire retardant and insulator because of its high > boiling point, it's obvious that the family of Aroclors was used for many > other things. At Moffett, it was found in building materials (and was > determined to be a source of contamination due to slow leaching). > > I would be interested in knowing if other sites have problems with PCBs that > are not from "traditional" sources, such as transformer fluid. > > Peter Strauss > > -----Original Message----- > From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] > On Behalf Of Lenny Siegel > Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2005 11:13 AM > To: Military Environmental Forum > Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PCB Contamination at Badger AAP (WI) > > Submitted by Laura Olah <firstname.lastname@example.org> > > CSWAB UPDATE: > > Thermal Treatment of Painted Metal Objects Causes PCB Contamination at > Badger AAP > > Thermal treatment of painted metal objects is the suspected source of > unsafe levels of PCBs in soils at Badger Army Ammunition Plant. > Following the detection of high levels of PCBs in paint on pipes, > flanges, and other metal objects, CSWAB asked state regulators to > require environmental testing for PCBs at the site of a former > Decontamination Oven - a facility used to thermally treat metal objects > for explosive contamination. Resultant particulates and fumes from the > oven were released directly to the open air with no treatment or > emissions controls. > > Recent testing by the Army has detected Aroclor 1254 (a commercial PCB > mixture) in soils at levels as high as 740 ug/kg, exceeding the EPA > Region 9 Residential Preliminary Remedial Goal (PRG) of 220 ug/kg and > "right at" the EPA Region 9 Industrial PRG of 740 ug/kg. > > The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) confirmed that > temperatures in the decontamination oven were sufficient to volatize > PCBs and other contaminants. In a reply to CSWAB, the WDNR wrote: "The > primary PCB Aroclor used in paint was 1254 . under heating at 450 > degrees Fahrenheit it is likely that the Aroclor 1254 did volatize out > of the paint". > > Human exposure to PCBs is a concern because of the wide range of adverse > health effects including skin irritation, reproductive and developmental > effects, immunologic effects, liver damage, and cancer. The developing > fetus, infants, and children are the population groups most vulnerable > to exposure. Exposure may impede the development of their brains, > reproductive, immune, and endocrine systems. In the past, paint > manufacturers used from 5 to 12 percent PCBs in paints as a plasticizer. > According to the Washington State Department of Ecology, lead, mercury, > cadmium, and chromium were commonly used in paint as pigments and > preservatives and are found in paint on older buildings. Arsenic was > used as a pigment, a wood preservative, and as an anti-fouling > ingredient. Barium was used as a pigment and a corrosion inhibitor. > Old latex paint produced before 1992 may also contain mercury which was > added as a fungicide. > > The Army is anxious to start up a new facility but first needs approvals > from the EPA and WDNR. The new decontamination oven, which is somewhat > smaller than the original, operates on the same principal as the old > facility and has no air emissions controls. In the meantime, the WDNR > has asked the Army to "set aside" any waste that may be contaminated > with PCBs. > > END > > Laura Olah, Executive Director > Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger > E12629 Weigands Bay S > Merrimac, WI 53561 > hone: (608)643-3124 > fax: (608)643-0005 > email: email@example.com > website: www.cswab.org > > -- > > 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 > <firstname.lastname@example.org> > http://www.cpeo.org > _______________________________________________ > Military mailing list > Military@list.cpeo.org > http://www.cpeo.org/mailman/listinfo/military -- 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 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@list.cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org/mailman/listinfo/military
Prev by Date: [CPEO-MEF] Dolphins and Sonar|
Next by Date: [CPEO-MEF] problems submitting messages?
Prev by Thread: [CPEO-MEF] Dolphins and Sonar|
Next by Thread: [CPEO-MEF] problems submitting messages?