2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:58:30 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: RDX found in Fort Jackson (SC) groundwater
Chemical found in Fort Jackson groundwater

The State (SC)
November 14, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC - Traces of a caustic pollutant associated with military ammunition have turned up in groundwater at the edge of Fort Jackson, and base officials plan to test private wells nearby to see whether they are contaminated.

The base's public announcement Thursday of the groundwater pollution sparked questions about when well owners were notified of the potential threat to an area where some residents still rely on wells for drinking water.

Base officials said they found traces of the pollutant in "recent" tests at the fort’s southern boundary and the McCrady Training Center, but the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control released a letter saying the military may have known about the contamination for more than a year before telling the agency.

The material, known as Royal Demolition Explosive, or RDX, is a man- made compound that can cause seizures in people who swallow substantial quantities, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has been tied to cancer in laboratory animals and is considered a possible human carcinogen.


For the entire article, see
http://www.thestate.com/2013/11/14/3098283/chemical-found-in-fort- jackson.html


Lenny Siegel
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a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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