2005 CPEO Installation Reuse Forum Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 24 May 2005 03:10:50 -0000
Reply: cpeo-irf
Subject: [CPEO-IRF] Former Watertown Arsenal (MA) and the Charles River
Army: Pollution water under bridge

By Dan Atkinson
Watertown TAB & Press (MA)
May 20, 2005

The former Army Arsenal has polluted the Charles River no more than everybody else has, and should not have to clean the river up further, according to a proposal released by the Army and disputed by many Watertown citizens.

After several years of studying the sediment on the river's bed, the Army found the chemicals drained into the river from the Arsenal created "no unacceptable ecological risk" to humans and animals. Although the water and sediment closest to the Arsenal does have the potential for ecological risk, the risk is "indistinguishable" from that throughout the lower Charles River basin, the report said.

The Arsenal, located in the East End of town between Arsenal and North Beacon streets, was a storage and research facility for the Army for more than 150 years, holding everything from cartridges to cannonballs to nuclear material before being shut down in 1970. It has since been redeveloped into a mall, a medical building and an office complex, Arsenal on the Charles, which is owned by Harvard University.


For the entire article, see

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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