2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2009 14:39:33 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: Watertown Arsenal (MA) PCBs in soil
More PCB testing to be done at Watertown's Arsenal site

By Meghann Ackerman
Wicked Local Watertown/Watertown TAB & Press (MA)
August 27, 2009

WATERTOWN - It was on, it was off and now it seems to be back on. The Army Corps of Engineers will be doing another round of testing for poisons at the Arsenal site.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers controls the site at 670 Arsenal St. and is responsible for removing contamination from polychlorinated biphenyl, known more widely as PCB, before turning the site over to the state Department of Recreation and Conservation.

A work plan released on Monday outlined the Army Corps' plan to do continued soil testing of the site to find out how widespread the PCBs are. A prior study showed the contamination didn't go deeper than three feet.

The nearly 12-acre parcel, which has four vacant sheds and a guardhouse, was used by the Army to store materials and burn uranium from 1920 to 1968, according to a Department of Conservation and Recreation report. Since then, the land has mainly been used for storage. The Arsenal's history as a center for researching and building weapons stretches to shortly after the War of 1812.


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