|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Tue, 14 Jul 2009 12:02:26 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Re: [CPEO-MEF] Munitions, FUDS: Western Stove site, San Bernardino (CA)|
From Susan V. Walker firstname.lastname@example.org July 14, 2009 Dear Program Manager Lloyd Godard:The Press-Enterprise reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study says San Bernardino residents don't have to worry about soil or groundwater contamination from a World War II weapons plant at the north end of the city. However, there was no groundwater testing done, so that conclusion is baseless. In the newspaper article, San Bernardino Municipal Water District general manager Stacy Aldstadt said that while the water table is normally deep in that region, it can rise significantly when there is heavy runoff during a wet winter. Groundwater testing needs to be done before we can conclude that residents are safe.
The paper revealed the study area is sandwiched between the arms of an identified contaminated plume of underground water. Identified in the early 1980s, the water was found to have elevated levels of perchlorethylene and trichloroethylene. A series of groundwater treatment plants was completed in 1998 as part of a Superfund project. However, Manager Godard stated he did not know of this contaminated groundwater plume. His lack of knowledge shows that an inadequate assessment of the contaminated area took place. It makes sense if there are two plumes cradling the study area that there could be a plume in the middle as well. The groundwater should be tested.
Southern California has many significant Perchlorate contaminated areas often from military activities. This study of the weapons plant did not include soil and groundwater testing of Perchlorate. Perchlorate tests should be done to complete the study.
Sincerely, Susan V. Walker Lenny Siegel wrote:
No weapons-related residue found at San Bernardino site By MARK MUCKENFUSS Riverside Press-Enterprise (CA) June 30, 2009A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study says San Bernardino residents don't have to worry about soil or groundwater contamination from a World War II weapons plant at the north end of the city.The study, performed by Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group Inc, a Georgia-based company, is part of an ongoing effort by the Army Corps to assess munitions sites throughout the nation.In 1942, Western Stove Co. contracted with the military to make various types of incendiary bombs and hand grenades. The plant was located at the end of a short railroad spur near Mount Vernon Avenue and 27th Street.... For the entire article, seehttp://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_S_weapons01.3774bfb.html
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