2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 21 Mar 2005 01:21:57 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Report on Spring Valley (DC)
Spring Valley Toxins Report Sounds an Almost All-Clear 
More Study Needed on Risks From Old Chemical Weapons 

By Susan Levine
Washington Post 
March 20, 2005 

Few residents of Spring Valley face risks from the soil and air
contamination detected so far from World War I-era munitions buried in
their neighborhood, a comprehensive health report has concluded 12 years
after a utility contractor uncovered the hazardous material. 

"Most people in Spring Valley have not and will not experience adverse
health effects," the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
Registry said, because exposure levels to the explosives, chemical
agents or their residue "are not high enough."

Still, as that qualified wording indicates, the report does not give the
Northwest Washington community of some 1,500 homes, 27 embassies, a
university and a hospital a completely clean bill of health. 


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
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