2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 14 May 2004 19:40:39 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Indiana AAP fires
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State may monitor ammo plant fires  

Recent spike in lead levels within air quality standards   

The Courier-Journal (KY)

The burning of contaminated buildings at the former Indiana Army
Ammunition Plant last winter did not violate air-quality standards,
according to a new state study. 

But the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, which did the
study, said more monitoring may be done for future burns. 

And an agency administrator said the Army could be required to do a more
thorough clean-up of the buildings - depending on the level of
contamination  - before setting fire to them. 

The Army burned 64 buildings at the site - which is being converted to
an industrial park  - on four occasions, starting Feb. 4. Air testing
was done once, during the final burn on March 11. 

The tests found that elevated levels of lead were present in the air at
the plant site, which is between Jeffersonville and Charlestown. 

Those levels exceeded the federal air-quality standard for lead, which
medical studies have linked to neurological defects and developmental

However, because the lead levels were elevated for only a brief period
of time, they did not result in a violation of air standards. 


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Lenny Siegel
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