2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 17 Apr 2005 07:27:31 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Air Force cleanup at MMR behind schedule
Cleanup at MMR hits a snag

Cape Cod Times (MA)
April 16, 2005

FALMOUTH - Construction of a new plume treatment system is months behind
schedule because Air Force officials have had difficulty convincing
private property owners to use their land for pipes and wells to capture
the contamination.

The new treatment plant, which is already under construction, will clean
four groundwater plumes that flow from the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

The plumes - called Chemical Spills 20, 21 and 4, and Fuel Spill 29 -
contain volatile organic compounds and cleaning solvent, including
perchloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE), and ethylene dibromide
(EDB), above federal safety limits. 

The treatment plant, which contains 16 large carbon tanks that will
strip the contaminants from 5 million gallons of water a day, will be
completed by May.

But officials from the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence,
which runs the Otis Air Force Base cleanup, have yet to work out all the
agreements to build the parts of the system that will get the water to
the plants. The easement agreements were supposed to be signed by
December or January, said center manager Jon Davis.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
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