Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Clean Up By NASA

NASA is preparing to remove contaminated soil from Wallops Island in Virginia.

The plan will include cleanup (and off-site disposal) of two sites where soils have been contaminated with paint by-products and fuels. One sight has been contaminated by paint booth operations prior to the 1980's. The second site has been tainted by fuels used in test operations on jet engines before 1960. Several buildings, paved areas, grass and dirt will be removed..

The agency has indicated that the soil contains polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

According to NASA both chemicals pose an "unacceptable risk" to animals and humans.

The cost of the cleanup? About $1.5 million.

I'm sure the Environmental Protection Agency and Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality has been consulted


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