2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 23 Apr 2005 18:37:34 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Rialto's (CA) perchlorate problem
SoCal town's water tainted by perchlorate; 36 states eye problems

Associated Press (San Jose Mercury News, CA)
April 23, 2005

RIALTO, Calif. - Like dozens of other towns nationwide, this
working-class suburb is facing an emerging threat of uncertain
dimensions - a chemical used in rocket fuel and defense manufacturing
that has befouled nearly half its drinking water supply.

Concern spread along with the underground plume of water that carries
the chemical from barren land that once housed World War II munitions,
Cold War weapons-makers and, now, fireworks warehouses and a dump.

As one city well after another tested positive for perchlorate - six of
the city's 13 wells in all - projected cleanup costs ballooned to more
than double Rialto's $40 million annual budget. The town sued the
Defense Department and dozens of other suspected polluters, pleaded with
residents to conserve water and hiked water rates 65 percent.


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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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