2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2009 10:38:18 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CHEMWEAPONS, FUDS: Spring Valley (DC) panel
Corps cleanup watched closely

Thomas M. Smith
May 6, 2009

The Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to conclude its ordnance cleanup in the Spring Valley area next year, but experts urged residents to make certain the work is thorough.

Members of a panel that gathered last week expressed particular concern about the threat to the city's drinking water supply because of high levels of perchlorate, which is used in explosives that were used around American University and Sibley Hospital and near the Delacarlia Reservoir.

The panel, which convened at a meeting of the Ward 3 Democratic Committee, examined challenges confronting the cleanup of chemical military pollution in Spring Valley and at more than 200 other sites across the country. Chemical weapons were found in Spring Valley in 1993 during construction of a residential development. The university was a World War I chemical weapons research and experimental station.


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Lenny Siegel
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