2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 3 May 2013 19:29:45 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: Forest Glen Annex (MD)
Army finds contaminants, not source, at Forest Glen Annex 

by Sylvia Carignan
Gaithersburg Gazette (MD)
May 3, 2013

Contaminants at the Forest Glen Annex in Silver Spring continue to spread from an unknown source, according to new U.S. Army data released Thursday.

Tetrachloroethylene, a substance commonly used for dry cleaning, was found in 2012 in groundwater at higher levels than previously measured between 2002 and 2010. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identifies the substance as a potential hazard for drinking water and a possible carcinogen. According to the EPA, no amount of tetrachloroethylene is safe for drinking water.

Project Manager Mike Ervine of AECOM, a contractor hired by the Army to conduct assessments of possible contaminants at the Army installation, presented AECOM's 2012 findings on contaminants in two landfill sites underneath the Forest Glen Annex at a quarterly meeting on May 2. Ervine said there are no drinking water wells within a half mile of the assessed sites.

AECOM gives a quarterly update on its investigation to the Forest Glen Annex Restoration Advisory Board, which includes representatives from the Army, the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency, local government officials and community members.


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