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Fort Detrick dump site could be added to Superfund list

September 03, 2008

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formally proposed adding a Fort Detrick dump site in Frederick to its list of the nation's most polluted places.

The site called Area B is among 11 proposed additions to the EPA's National Priorities List, commonly known as the Superfund list. The public now has 60 days to comment on the proposed listing.

The Maryland Department of the Environment sought the listing in hopes that EPA oversight would accelerate the cleanup of toxic industrial solvents in groundwater beneath the post.

The Army says it has spent $43 million since 1992 to remove industrial and laboratory wastes from unlined trenches used at Area B from the 1940s to 1970. The Army has yet to clean up the groundwater contamination, however.

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