2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011 06:57:19 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] FORMER SITES, VOCs: Debate over TCE at Placer County (CA) Titan Missile site
Mystery runs deep at old missile complex in Placer

Ed Fletcher
Sacramento Bee (CA)
November 26, 2011

An unassuming Lincoln hillside hides a Cold War relic and a toxic whodunit?

Hidden by 125-ton doors and now filled with water, the underground former Titan 1 missile base near Lincoln is a totem of the nuclear arms race.

For a little more than two years, from 1962 to 1965, the complex of three Titan missile silos hidden beneath tons of concrete acted as a nuclear deterrent as the U.S.-Soviet arms war raced along.

Placer County acquired the property along Oak Tree Lane in 1968 and has used it as part of a vehicle maintenance yard.


California Regional Water Quality Control Board officials believe that when the base was under military control it was the cause of an underground plume of trichloroethene (TCE), a degreasing solvent.


For the entire article, see
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/11/26/4080418/mystery-runs-deep-at-old- missile.html


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