2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 05:39:56 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: More about Vapor testing at Army's Cold Regions Lab (NH)
Dresden Board Hears TCE Update
Officials: Toxic Plume In Ground Is Trapped

By Sarah Brubeck
Valley News (NH)
August 27, 2013 

Hanover - The primary concern Dresden School Board members raised Monday night about vapor from a carcinogenic solvent detected in the soil beneath the Richmond Middle School property is whether the plume is stationary or still on the move.

The presence of the vapor, the result of decades-old chemical spills at the military research laboratory across the street, was confirmed this summer.

“Right now we do not know how long those vapors have been there,” School Board member Anne Day said. “They could have been there for decades, or they could be because of a recent migration.”

Last week, school administrators learned that there are no detectable levels of trichloroethylene inside the school, but TCE vapor was found below the ground on the middle school property at depths of 10, 25, 50 and 75 feet. Officials with the Army Corps of Engineers have assured school administrators that the soil contamination does not pose a health threat.


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