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D.C. residents to weigh in on fate of WWI chemical site

Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 4:23pm  ET

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The government used this bit of land for research and testing of chemical equipment and munitions. (WTOP/Kristi King)

Kristi King, wtop.com

WASHINGTON -- The cleanup of World War I chemical weapons materials buried in Northwest isn't over yet, but a final phase is under way at one site.

The Spring Valley house at 4825 Glenbrook Road looks as though it's under construction with a chain link fence blocking the property.

During World War I, this bit of land was part of a larger area known as the American University Experimental Station. The government used it for research and testing of chemical equipment and munitions. Buried materials were discovered here, according to a press release.

What happens here next will be decided after a public comment period on options proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers. One is to tear down the house and excavate the land.

A public meeting on this is being held Wednesday.

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