|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||22 Nov 2005 20:23:50 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Camp Pendleton contamination|
Toxic woes fester at Camp Pendleton|
Cleanup efforts praised; years of more work ahead
By Rick Rogers SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE November 22, 2005
Contaminated drinking water is the latest environmental problem plaguing Camp Pendleton, which has so many toxic waste sites that it was declared a public health threat more than a decade ago.
The 125,000-acre base - the last large chunk of mostly undeveloped land between Los Angeles and the U.S.-Mexico border - is an environmental contradiction. Bald eagles soar over the site and steelhead trout swim in its waters. But the area is also home to plumes of solvents, pockets of pesticides and trenches of petrochemicals.
Some of the trouble is decades old, to times before anyone realized the dangers of burying, burning or dumping hazardous materials. Others are more recent, such as Camp Pendleton's difficulties with dangerously high levels of lead and copper in its tap water.
For the entire article, see http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20051122-9999-1n22pollute.html
-- 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 http://www.cpeo.org
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