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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 07:34:30 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CHEMWEAPONS, FUDS: Spring Valley (DC) journalist dies
Charlie Bermpohl dies; reported on WWI munitions site in Washington

By Patricia Sullivan
Washington Post
March 15, 2010

Charlie Bermpohl, 74, a Washington reporter whose dogged pursuit of the long-running story of buried World War I munitions in the city's affluent Spring Valley neighborhood helped alert residents to the persistence of toxic chemicals beneath their yards, died of complications of throat cancer Feb. 28 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mr. Bermpohl, a reporter for the Current weekly newspapers, didn't break the story; that happened in January 1993, when a construction crew digging a trench at the home of the American University president found a 75-year-old artillery round.

During the resulting uproar, residents learned that federal analysts had warned the Army in 1986 of potential chemical weapons burial sites on the AU campus. The Army had withheld news about the analysis from city officials and Spring Valley residents, in violation of federal laws and military regulations.


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