Tuesday, August 28, 2007

EPA Orders Fort Meade Cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency ordered the Army to clean up 14 hazardous waste sites at Fort Meade and adjacent property that is part of the Patuxent Research Refuge.

The Sun reported that the sites include "former ammunition dumps, landfills, shooting ranges and buildings where hundreds of drums of fuel and other pollutants were buried on the Army post, prompting fines from Maryland's environmental agency."

"The contaminants - including heavy metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives and arsenic - have been in the ground for decades, and some have seeped into underground water supplies, the EPA said."

A Fort Meade spokeswoman is quoted as saying the base is committed to "environmental stewardship." Others say the EPA's action is unusual, and follows nearly a decade of prodding by the agency.

1 comment:

Christine Cook said...

I am the mother of the infant that got infant botulism. I almost lost my son and ever since have been praying that God would expose the base's pollutants. Boy did he!!! I still have things to settle with the base though. They still need to test the soil to see where the botulism came from and they need to send me the results of my baby's subtyping of the botulism strains.