2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 28 Jul 2005 22:54:47 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Leon Creek PCB study - near San Antonio (TX) Air Force bases
PCB fish study could get underway 

San Antonio Current (TX)
July 28, 2005

Two years after the Texas Department of Health issued a fish-consumption
ban for parts of Lower Leon Creek, the San Antonio River Authority has
funds to begin testing the waterway. 

According to SARA spokesperson Erika Resendiz, the authority's board
recently approved $125,000 for the Leon Creek PCB study, which requires
TDH approval. SARA is also seeking state and federal matching funds to
expand the scope of its water-quality studies. 

During state-mandated monitoring in August 2002, the Air Force detected
elevated levels of PCBs in fish - some as high as 15 times the maximum
threshold set by the Environmental Protection Agency; a year later, the
TDH issued the consumption ban in a section of the creek south of
Highway 90 to S.W. Military Drive. [See "Carp with a side of arochlor,"
September 11-17, 2003; "Air Force dismisses fuss over fish," September
18-23, 2003.] 

Contaminated groundwater beneath Kelly Air Force Base, part of which was
transferred to Lackland during the last base realignment, could be a PCB
source. PCBs have been detected in soil at Kelly where solvents and
transformers were stored. 


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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