Corps, EPA test groundwater in area of nuclear waste dump
VANDERGRIFT, Pa. (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency are conducting routine groundwater testing this week in the area of a nuclear waste dump about 25 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
The groundwater in Parks Township near the dump has been tested before, but the Corps and the EPA have begun regularly testing to detect any migration of nuclear contaminants, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported (http://bit.ly/294QOTN ).
"It's easier to compare results, and it acts as a quality-control check on the laboratories," said Mike Helbling, Corps project manager.
The EPA splits the samples with the Corps as a safeguard and also conducts other tests at four EPA wells outside of the dump property, according to agency spokeswoman Bonnie Smith.
"We haven't seen any big changes in our previous routine sampling, and have not found anything of concern," she said.
The Corps is looking for a contractor to restart a 10-year, $350 million cleanup of the site, which is known as the Shallow Land Disposal Area. It was previously owned by Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp., which operated fuel plants for nuclear submarines, and is currently owned by Babcock & Wilcox.
The contractor will excavate radiological and chemical contaminants buried in 10 trenches at the 44-acre site and transfer them out of the state.
Test results will be available later this year.
Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com