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Fort Detrick has no plans for contamination warnings

Sunday - 7/22/2012, 6:20am  ET

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The chief environmental officer at Fort Detrick says the Army has no plans to post signs warning of potential chemical contamination in surface water.

Groundwater samples taken from area wells this spring revealed the presence of chemicals used in cleaning supplies, at levels higher than what's accepted under federal drinking water standards.

Robert Craig, Fort Detrick's chief environmental officer, tells The News-Post of Frederick that the post has no plans at the moment to display warning signs that chemicals were found in Carroll Creek and the streams that feed it. But he says officials will discuss the idea with the Frederick County health officer.

Army officials and the contractor handling the remediation say the contamination isn't a health concern, in part because people aren't drinking the water.

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Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com


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