US EPA Order Army to Clean Up Fort Meade

Date: August 27, 2007

Source: U.S. EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the Army to clean up 14 hazardous waste sites at Fort Meade in Maryland and adjacent properties that are part of the Patuxent Research Refuge. The Army is expected to correct contamination that includes solvents, heavy metals, explosives, arsenic and PCBs. Munitions have been found throughout the former range training areas of the base, including parts of the Little Patuxent River. While elevated levels of pesticides and explosive compounds have been detected in aquifers, the EPA says no other drinking water sources are affected. Fort Meade was designated a Superfund site in 1998.

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