2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 11 Jul 2005 18:16:28 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Perchlorate stalls Santa Clarita (CA) development
Pollutant May Threaten Plans for New Homes

Discovery of a tainted well in the Santa Clarita Valley stalls
2,500-unit development. Water firm sees no evidence of toxic plume's migration.

By Amanda Covarrubias
Los Angeles Times 
July 9, 2005

Underground pollutants have stalled plans for 2,500 homes in the
fast-growing Santa Clarita Valley and sparked a debate about whether the
toxic plume poses a larger threat to water supplies.

In April, ammonium perchlorate, a component of rocket fuel, was
discovered in a drinking well a few miles downstream from a former Cold
War-era munitions plant.

Studies of laboratory rats have shown that tiny doses of perchlorate can
affect the thyroid's production of hormones that are critical to early
childhood development. 

The existence of perchlorate in the aquifers under Santa Clarita has
been known for years, but the recent discovery marks the first time it
has affected home-building in the area.


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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