2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: lsiegel@cpeo.org
Date: 1 Oct 2005 07:28:56 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Saugus (CA) firm blocks sampling
Standoff over water tests
Firm, EPA at standoff on groundwater tests

By Judy O'Rourke
Los Angeles Daily News 
October 1, 2005

SANTA CLARITA - A Saugus defense contractor canceled a plan this week
allowing the Environmental Protection Agency access to begin drilling
wells Monday to determine if perchlorate and other contaminants have
seeped from the site into the groundwater below, an EPA official said. 

Citing the confidential nature of its work, this was the second time
National Technical Systems reneged on an agreement to allow the federal
agency access to the property to drill test wells to check for
contamination of groundwater beneath the property, said Matt Mitguard,
project manager for the EPA's Superfund. 

"They refused access to site pending further negotiation on the access
agreement they want us to sign after months of working this through and
explicitly getting three days established for sampling," Mitguard said. 

The cancellation was announced the same day the Daily News reported the
EPA's plan to begin drilling the test wells. 


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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
Fax: 650/961-8918
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