Thursday, July 8, 2010

Soil Tests Show Dioxins at Site of Former Watertown, MA Arsenal

July 2, 2010 - A consulting firm has released soil tests that show the extent of contamination on nearly 12 acres that were once part of the former Watertown Arsenal.

The results indicate the presence of cancer-causing dioxins and other soil contaminants, but have not yet been analyzed by the US Army Corps of Engineers, said project manager Ellen Iorio.

Iorio said that the results of the testing by MACTEC were expected, but it was impossible to be sure which industrial activities caused the contamination.

"We knew there’d be dioxins there, and we weren’t surprised by our findings," she said. "Watertown is an urban area with a lot going on."


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