2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:03:01 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: Ft. Detrick (MD) Area B water contamination
Fort Detrick panel member frustrated at cleanup pace

Katherine Heerbrandt
Maryland Gazette
July 24, 2012

At least one member of the advisory board overseeing the cleanup of chemical contamination at Fort Detrick in Frederick expressed frustration last week with the pace of the effort after a consultant hired by the U.S. Army revealed levels of a cancer-causing agent 3,000 times federal safe drinking-water standards.

The consultant Arcadis, hired to test groundwater contamination on the base as part of cleanup efforts mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2009, identified trichloroethene, or TCE, tetracholoroethene, or PCE, and chloroform as having the highest levels of concentration in and around Area B, a disposal area for chemical, biological and radiological materials, including industrial and munitions waste.

TCE was found in the highest concentrations at 3,000 times the EPA's safe drinking-water standards. EPA lists TCE's maximum safe- contaminant level at 0.005 micrograms per liter, or five parts per billion. Arcadis found PCE at 14,000 to 15,000 parts per billion.

"The good news is we're honing [sic] in on the problem," said John Cherry of Arcadis, who presented the preliminary findings to the Restoration Advisory Board on July 18 at the Hampton Inn in Frederick. "The bad news is there's a problem."


For the entire article, see
http://www.gazette.net/article/20120724/NEWS/707249981/1124/fort- detrick-panel-member-frustrated-at-cleanup-pace&template=gazette


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