Meeting set to discuss NUMEC groundwater contamination
The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a meeting on Jan. 29 on groundwater testing results from the nuclear dump in Parks.
The Corps and the Environmental Protection Agency did not find nuclear or chemical contamination above drinking-water standards for the groundwater tests conducted last year.
The Corps is leading the cleanup project, estimated to cost $250 million to $500 million. It could take up to a decade to complete.
Formally known as the Shallow Land Disposal Area, the 44-acre dump received radioactive and chemical waste from about 1960 to the early 1970s from the former Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp. in Apollo and Parks, and its successor, the Atlantic Richfield Co.
BWX Technologies, known as Babcock & Wilcox, owns the site.
At the meeting, the Corps will present an overview of its testing results to the public.
It will provide representatives for residents to meet with one-on-one, said Dan Jones, Corps spokesman for the Pittsburgh District.
A number of government agencies have long been concerned about the potential for groundwater contamination from the 54-year-old nuclear waste dump, which is next to a residential community and an industrial park.
Although many of the 50 or so homes in the neighboring village of Kiskimere are connected to a public water system, some residents use well water for drinking and to water vegetable gardens.
Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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