|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 8 Jul 2008 11:43:49 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] VOCs: When Is Enough, Enough?|
When Is Enough, Enough?Community Perspectives on Groundwater Treatment at Department of Defense Facilities
Lenny Siegel Center for Public Environmental Oversight July, 2008 SummaryGroundwater treatment systems are in place and operating at hundreds of Department of Defense facilities, controlling plumes, removing contaminant mass, and destroying contaminants of concern such as chlorinated solvents and petroleum products. A large number of these systems are conventional groundwater extraction technologies, known colloquially as "pump and treat," but an increasing number of sites employ innovative technologies such as biotreatment, in situ chemical oxidation, and permeable reactive barriers. As cleanup programs mature, the key question is no longer what the initial remedy should be. Rather, the Defense components responsible for cleanup, regulatory agencies, and the public are discussing how long these systems should remain in operation - that is, "When is enough, enough?"
To help answer that question, Lenny Siegel, Executive Director of the Center for Public Environmental Oversight (CPEO) evaluated community perspectives on the cleanup of trichloroethylene (TCE) plumes at the closed Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) in Minnesota (New Brighton and Arden Hills) and former Moffett Naval Air Station in the San Francisco Bay Area (Mountain View and Sunnyvale). Specifically, Siegel reviewed the decision to shut down treatment at TCAAP's Operable Unit 3 (OU3) - the South Plume emanating from the former arsenal - and the debate over future treatment at Moffett Field's Site 26, the Eastside aquifer. Trichloroethylene is the principal contaminant at both sites, and at both facilities there are larger plumes that normally attract more public attention, as well as ongoing challenges over installation reuse.
Both TCAAP and Moffett have strong, mature cleanup programs, overseen by both state and federal regulatory agencies. Both installations are on the "Superfund" National Priorities List. Both have active community involvement programs, including Restoration Advisory Boards (RABs) that meet regularly. Both communities bring their own expertise to the table. As a member of the community adjacent to Moffett Field, I have been involved in the oversight of its environmental program for nearly two decades. This puts me in the unusual position to reporting on the views of a community that I have played a role in shaping.
... To download the 8-page 2.4 MB report, go to http://www.cpeo.org/pubs/Enough.pdf -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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