2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 13:53:44 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION: Iowa Army Ammunition Plant's Lake Mathes
Contamination of lake questioned

RAB discusses radiation levels at IAAP's Lake Mathes.

Burlington Hawkeye (IA)
July 19, 2012

Questions from a regular attendee of the quarterly Restoration Advisory Board meeting led to the discovery of high levels of uranium in the groundwater near the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant's Lake Mathes.

The remediation goal is 0.827 picoCuries per liter. The sampling results were up to 6.98 picoCuries per liter. Though it's not a source of drinking water, the maximum drinking water contaminant level is 15 picoCuries per liter, and the sample results were up to 164.07 picoCuries per liter.

The results - there was no contamination above background levels in the sediment or surface water in the area around the lake - means the ground water in that area will be included in the overall cleanup effort on the IAAP grounds.

Despite the additional information, the tests and the findings were not exactly what the regular attendee Paula Graham or other advocates for the plant's former workers were expecting. And they have more questions about the water contamination.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
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