|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Sun, 27 Jan 2013 01:46:52 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] PERCHLORATE: Olin's shrinking plume, San Martin, CA|
Ten years after toxic plume, Morgan Hill and surrounding communities
work to find normalcy
By Paul Rogers San Jose Mercury News (CA) January 26, 2013MORGAN HILL -- Ten years ago this month, community leaders were shocked by the discovery that a company that manufactured road flares here had disposed of toxic chemicals improperly, creating a 10-mile- long underground plume of perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel.
The perchlorate tainted hundreds of drinking water wells in southern Santa Clara County. It was the most high-profile pollution case in Silicon Valley since 1981, when industrial solvents from IBM and Fairchild Camera were found to have contaminated groundwater in South San Jose, ending high tech's image as a clean industry.
"People worried about the health impacts, but also about 'How am I going to sell my house?'" said John English, a longtime San Martin resident.
After a decade of cleanup work and millions of dollars in studies, however, the perchlorate problem is now slowly ebbing into history. The plume, which once stretched from Morgan Hill to Gilroy, has shrunk from 10 miles long to 1.75 miles long today.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_22454526/ten-years-after-toxic- plume-morgan-hill-and
-- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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