2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 14:31:05 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] FUDS: Army crematorium, Swannanoa, NC
Contamination cleanup ordered at Swannanoa site

Clarke Morrison
Asheville Citizen-Times (NC)
June 17, 2009

Environmental officials are investigating soil contamination discovered on state-owned property once used by the U.S. Army for a crematorium in Swannanoa next to Owen High School.

Asbestos and toxic chemicals leaking from old transformers were found in a wooded area to the northwest of the school on property owned by the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice.

The state Division of Waste Management has ordered the department to fence in the area to keep the public out and hire a consultant for development of plan to clean up the mess.

It's unknown at this point whether the contamination has spread off the site, whether anyone has been sickened from exposure to the polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, found leaking from the transformers or who dumped the waste, said Jaime Kritzer, spokesman for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.


For the entire article, see http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090617/NEWS01/90617041/1009


Lenny Siegel
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