2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2012 13:35:22 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: Ft. Detrick (MD) Area B - nearby homes
Family wants Area B signage to mark ongoing toxicity at Detrick

By Courtney Pomeroy
Frederick News-Post (MD)
January 15, 2012

A report showing high levels of chemical contamination at a former Fort Detrick dump site has one former Frederick family saying warning signs should be posted in the area.
State environmental officials, however, see no need for such signs.

Brandon White and his sister Angie Pieper said their family would never have bought its house in 1995 in the Lake Coventry neighborhood near the Army post's Area B had they known the military had found PCE and TCE -- chemicals commonly found in cleaning supplies -- leaking from the landfill in 1992. Wells at some houses near the site were found to have been affected at that time and had been connected to a public water supply.

"Why didn't they put up signs in 1992 when they knew that it was contaminated?" White asked Friday. His sister Kristen Renee and his mother, Debra Cross, both died of cancer, and Pieper said she has had several benign tumors. Neither White nor Pieper lives in the area now, but they have been vocal critics through the Kristen Renee Foundation, which asserts that problems at Area B have led to cancers in thousands of nearby residents.


For the entire article, see
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm? StoryID=130600


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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