2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 07:22:17 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CLEANUP: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (ME) lead
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard plans lead cleanup
Contamination from old battery acid tank

By Deborah Mcdermott
York Weekly (ME)
June 30, 2010

KITTERY, Maine - The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is holding a public hearing tonight to discuss its plans to clean soil at the yard contaminated by lead from a former battery acid storage tank.

According to public affairs officer Danna Eddy, the lead contamination was first found more than 25 years ago and the surrounding soil was removed. However, groundwater contamination persists, "although not at a level that poses a risk to human health," Eddy said.

According to a report on the site, lead concentrations in the groundwater "are low, generally less than 40 parts per billion, and do not indicate lead leaching from the soil adversely impacts human health or the environment," she said.

However, some of the soil surrounding the place where the tank was located does have higher levels of 2,000 to 8,000 parts per million, in what she referred to as "the tidally saturated zone."


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Lenny Siegel
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