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From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 20:28:00 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Re: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, CLOSURE: EPA disputes Navy at Moffett Field (CA)
Navy: Moffett's toxic vapors not our problem
EPA files dispute against the Navy

by Daniel DeBolt
Mountain View Voice (CA)
December 9, 2010

Toxic fumes will continue to collect inside some of Moffett Field's buildings while the U.S. Navy and NASA disagree on who is responsible for the problem, the Environmental Protection Agency says.

The Navy was expected to take on the responsibility, as it is a major party responsible for the plume of TCE and other toxics in the groundwater under the former Naval Air Station Moffett Field. And while the Navy, along with semiconductor companies south for Highway 101, has been doing its part to clean up the groundwater plume, the Navy is now saying that NASA, which was given the facility in 1994, should deal with the vapors that rise through the ground into buildings at Moffett.

Under superfund law, "it is definitely the Navy's responsibility," said John Chesnutt, section chief of superfund federal facility cleanup. EPA Region 9 has filed a formal dispute against the Navy after it became clear in an October letter exchange that the Navy managers in charge of Moffett's cleanup were refusing to take responsibility for the fumes.


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