2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2012 11:56:31 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: Former Orion Park Housing Area at Moffett Field, CA
Army: toxic cleanup is not our problem

Despite investigation, source of Orion Park's toxics still mysterious

Activists and regulators are at odds with the U.S. Army over toxics contaminating Orion Park, a former housing complex site just outside Moffett Field.

While toxics have been found in groundwater samples and even in the indoor air of homes once on the site, the Army's draft "site investigation" report for Orion Park recommends the toxics not be cleaned up by the Army and "recommends no further action for the TCE plume underlying the Site."

The Army's position hinges on the claim that there was no on-site source of the toxics, which could put the cleanup responsibility on someone else.

"Because no sources of TCE were found on site, the Army plans to seek site closure," the report concludes.


"You are required by law to protect people even if they are your own people," Siegel said of the Army and its staff and soldiers who now use the property.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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