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March 19, 2014

Public comment on toxic cleanup sought

ROCKET CENTER — A plan to clean up toxic wastes from a variety of uses over the years at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory is out for public review and comment. Toxins in the soil includes chlorinated solvents, explosive materials and metals. Site 1, which is the subject of the meeting, is one of several sites at the facility which has required action over the years to reduce the threat of contamination.

Actions already taken at the site by the Department of the Navy have reduced the possibility of hazard to humans, and further actions are designed to prevent future contamination of the North Branch of the Potomac River and groundwater, according to a report on the site prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Navy previously ran the lab and now contracts the work to ABL.

Copies of the proposed cleanup plan are available at the Fort Ashby and South Cumberland libraries.

A meeting for the public is planned for 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the South Cumberland Library Meeting Room.

The Times-News is pursuing more details of the project and meeting.

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