2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 1 Oct 2004 16:46:07 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Boxborough pool closed due to perchlorate
Perchlorate closes pool

By Jesse A. Floyd
The Beacon (MA)
Thursday, September 30, 2004

BOXBOROUGH - The message on the answering machine at the Harvard Ridge
Pool Club is pretty simple: The pool is closed because the water is
contaminated. It will remain closed for a few weeks while a method is
found to treat the water. 

The contaminant, perchlorate, is an oxidizer that enhances the burning
process, used primarily in solid rocket fuel and blasting agents. 

According to the state Department of Environmental Protection, the
chemical has been found in all three wells serving the Harvard Ridge
condominiums, which includes the pool club. The first well was closed in
early September, according to DEP spokesman Edmund Coletta. The second
was closed Sept. 22. 

"A confirmatory test came back at over 1,000 parts per billion," he


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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