2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:53:14 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, FUDS: "Tougher Standards To Affect Missile Site Cleanups"
[I don't believe that "a tougher standard for TCE won't necessarily add much expense to cleaning up" groundwater, unless one concludes that the neither the old standard nor the new standard can be reached. - LS]

Tougher Standards To Affect Missile Site Cleanups

Associated Press
March 22, 2010

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Plans by the Environmental Protection Agency to set a tougher standard for the amount of a toxic chemical allowed in drinking water will raise the bar for cleaning up contaminated groundwater near old nuclear missile sites.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced Monday that the agency will issue new rules for cancer-causing trichloroethylene and another chemical, tetrachloroethylene, within the next year.

The announcement reflects advancing cleanup technology and the current ability to detect TCE in quantities as small as 0.5 parts per billion, said Cheryl Davis, an environmental scientist with the Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Neb.

Francis, a geological supervisor with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, said the federal agency previously has discussed a limit of five parts per billion.


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