Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

No Danger to Water Supply from Waste Sites, Says Study

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

No Danger to Water Supply from Waste Sites, Says Study

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A $2.7 million investigation and clean-up of hazardous waste disposal sites at Tinker Air Force Base shows that there is no apparent danger to metropolitan Oklahoma City's water supply, Tinker officials said Monday.

No signs of contamination have been found in the Garber-Wellington Aquifer, which underlies the sprawling air base and supplies drinking water to about 350,000 people in the metropolitan area.

In 1983, traces of a "de-greasing" solvent, known as trichloroethylene, were found in two old water wells inside the Air Logistic Center's Building 3001. Both wells were shut down in October 1983, according to Capt. Darrel Cornell, a bio/environmental engineer who participated in the investigation and clean-up.

"As far as we can tell, nothing is moving off the base. The Garber-Wellington is not polluted," said John Clabes, director of public affairs for Tinker Air Force Base.

The investigation and clean-up work began in 1981 after President Reagan signed an executive order giving the Department of Defense the responsibility for contaminated military bases.

"This was the military's "Superfund,'" said Gene Pickett, environmental specialist in the public affairs office at Tinker Air Force Base.

"Superfund" was created by the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up hazardous waste disposal sites created by private businesses.

U.S. Rep. Mike Synar, D-Oklahoma, persuaded Tinker Air Force Base officials to step up the hazardous waste clean-up programs at a congressional committee's field hearing in Midwest City in December.

The $2.7 million investigation and clean-up, performed by Radian Corp., involved the identification of 14 sites with potential hazardous problems.

Follow-up studies have been recommended at two sites:

- Landfill No. 6, located on SE 59th St. at the southeast corner of the base, and

- Water Well No. 18, located inside Building 3001.

The clean-up includes a $370,000 contract to put a clay cover on Landfill No. …

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