2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2011 14:39:24 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: Beale Air Force Base (CA)
Cleanup focuses on solvent at Beale

By Ben van der Meer
Marysville Appeal-Democrat (CA)
September 7, 2011
A plan to clean up contaminated groundwater in and around Beale Air Force Base should get under way later this year, according to officials hosting a meeting tonight on the topic.

Three locations, out of 18 identified, have levels of a solvent - trichloroethylene - used at the base during World War II and the 1950s, but largely abandoned since then.

"We're cleaning up things that are 60 years old," said Terry Escarda, a hazardous substances engineer with the state Department of Toxic Substances Control. "The concentrations aren't real high, but they're diffuse."

Trichloroethylene, also known as TCE, is dangerous mostly if inhaled. And testing on wells near the base show levels below the minimum safe level of one part per billion, Escarda said.


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