2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:53:09 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PERCHLORATE: Searching fireworks company owner's home property, Barstow (CA)
News Releases
U.S. EPA Region 9
March 22, 2011

U.S. EPA begins perchlorate contamination sampling at residence associated with former Mojave Pyrotechnics, Inc., site in Barstow

SAN FRANCISCO - This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began collecting surface and subsurface soil samples to test for perchlorate contamination at the Poplar Street home of the former owner/operator of Mojave Pyrotechnics, Inc., a defunct fireworks manufacturing company that operated on North Yucca Street in the 1980s, in Barstow, California.

"EPA will work with the City of Barstow and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board to determine how much perchlorate is at this location," said Jane Diamond, Director of the Superfund Division in EPA's Pacific Southwest regional office. "Cleanup of contamination at the Poplar Street Site will be based on the outcomes of the March sampling. We expect to have more information by the end of May."

After receiving information indicating perchlorate had been buried on the property, EPA discovered a white, solid substance in a layer just below the ground surface in a garden area adjacent to the residence. A sample collected from the layer contained perchlorate. The residence is near a private drinking water well that was recently discovered to be contaminated with perchlorate. One of EPA's goals in this investigation will be to determine whether the site might be a source for perchlorate contamination in the groundwater.


For the entire release, see
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/ 0/22b65108190a27058525785b007ddbee?OpenDocument


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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