2014 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:16:37 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: RDX in water from Holston Army Ammunition Plant (TN)
Nonprofit files lawsuit notice for Kingsport plant

Associated Press
September 15, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Clean Water Network says it is prepared to sue a Kingsport ammunition plant over its continued pollution of local drinking water.

BAE Systems Ordnance Systems Inc. operates the Holston Army Ammunition Plant for the U.S. Army. Wastewater from the plant is discharged into the Holston River, about 10 miles upstream of a drinking water intake for the First Utility District of Hawkins County.

According to a notice of intent to sue filed Monday, the state told BAE in 2007 that it had to reduce the amount of the explosive RDX that it was releasing into the river to no greater than 12.2 pounds per day, based on a monthly average.

That limit was designed to bring the level of RDX in local drinking water to 2 parts per billion or less. That's the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency health advisory limit for RDX, which the EPA says is a possible human carcinogen.


For the entire article, see
http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Nonprofit-files-lawsuit- notice-for-Kingsport-plant-5756765.php

See also
Holston Army Ammunition Plant enters agreement to address explosives in river
By Nate Morabito
WJHL TV-11 News  (Johnson City, TN)
September 9, 2014
http://www.wjhl.com/story/26489253/special-report-holston-army- ammunition-plant-enters-agreement-to-address-explosives-in-river


Lenny Siegel
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