|Cleanup gear malfunctions at Moffett Field|
NASA complains that Navy's water treatment system was offline
by Mark Noack
Mountain View Voice (CA)
November 25, 2016
In a squabble between Moffett Field's federal agencies, NASA officials are complaining that a U.S. Navy treatment system that's supposed to be cleaning up toxic groundwater has been malfunctioning for an unknown length of time. Regulators from the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Water Resources Control Board say they are investigating the incident to learn more.
The U.S. Navy has been looking to exit Moffett since the base closed in 1994, but the military branch is still responsible for cleaning up a variety of chemicals, including trichloroethylene (TCE), that have leeched into the water table during its tenure. Navy officials have an agreement with NASA for the research agency to eventually take over operations and maintenance for its array of treatment systems designed to pump and purge toxic chemicals from the water.
Starting in October, NASA officials took over a Navy system known as Site 28, located just west of Hangar One. The nearly 20-year-old system includes nine pumps and a treatment plant designed to run continuously, cleaning about 70 gallons of contaminated water per minute.
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