2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2010 15:33:54 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PERCHLORATE: Seeking the source in Barstow, CA
Former fireworks maker suspected in Barstow's water contamination

Riverside Press-Enterprise
December 3, 2010

A former fireworks company has emerged as the potential source of a chemical that last month contaminated public water supplies in the Barstow area, making tap water undrinkable there for as many 40,000 people for several days, say state water quality control officials.

The Mojave River Pyrotechnics Co. closed its doors in Barstow in the mid-1980s, but records kept by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency showed that it had received shipments of perchlorate, an explosive salt used to make fireworks, ammunition and solid-state rocket fuels, say state officials.

The company had operated near a drinking-water well in north Barstow that last month was found to be producing water with 100 parts per billion of perchlorate -- more than 16 times the allowable limit for drinking water. And tap water at the Marine Corps Logistics Base, just east of Barstow, was found to have perchlorate at more than three times the legal limit of 6 parts per billion.


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