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Superfund site well tests turn up low levels of pesticide

December 29, 2005|by TARA REILLY

HAGERSTOWN

tarar@herald-mail.com

Tests of nine wells near the former Central Chemical plant in September turned up low levels of pesticide in some of the wells, a spokeswoman for the project said Wednesday.

"It's not something that poses a risk," Community Involvement Coordinator Roberta Fowlkes said.

She said no residents use wells for water. The tested wells were drilled in September for the purpose of monitoring the groundwater near the site, she said.

Central Chemical was a fertilizer and pesticide company. The plant on Mitchell Avenue closed in the mid-1980s, leaving pesticides and metals that were dumped in the soil and groundwater.

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It became a federal Superfund site in 1997. A group of companies, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been investigating the site to come up with a cleanup plan for the property.

Nine wells were drilled at six sites near the former plant in September.

At the time, Bill Murray, of URS Corp., an engineering firm overseeing the project, identified the sites as Florida, West Irvin, Kasinoff, and Arlington avenues and on the corner of Langdon Street and Linganore Avenue.

Fowlkes said low levels turned up in all but two wells on Florida Avenue and one on Kasinoff Avenue.

She said the next step will include coming up with options for cleaning up the site.

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