by Grand Forks Herald
October 17, 2012 at 2:45 am in Grand Forks Herald
The federal government is soliciting online bids for an abandoned Cold War-era missile base in Nekoma, N.D., that the state insists must be cleansed of hazardous wastes. Continue Reading
Tags: Nekoma ND, North Dakota, stanley r mickelson safeguard complex, updates 3 Comments »
What, exactly, is supposedly in the “420,000 or so gallons of groundwater that has seeped into the underground silos at the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard complex” that’s hazardous?
Sounds like someone just wants the Feds to dump six million dollars into cleanup, when all that’s needed is to pump the water into a nearby field. Maybe they figure the Feds will hire locals to do the work, so there’s “ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT” potential.
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You need to go to http://www.gsaauctions.gov website (under real estate) and get the facts.
Lead /Chromium was used for paint. The water is contaminated with it. It needs to be cleaned up and the silo filled with earth.
The Federal Gov’t “promises’ to cleanup the hazardous materials at the site “when funding is available”. I would imagine that there are other former military installations with the same problem.
Remember that this system was built around 40 years ago. Asbestos, lead paint and a host of other hazardous chemicals were commonly used.
Nobody in their right mind would purchase this property without it being cleaned up beforehand.
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(1) Only the Spartan Missile Silos at the MSR Site contain paint chips containing chrome as well as water in the silos (2) Only the Heat Sinks at the RSL sites contain ethylene glycol
Car bumpers and automotive trim often used to be chrome.
Most every car on the road has ethelyne glycol in the cooling system.
Asbestos is an over-blown problem. Leave it the hell alone, and there’s no particular health risk. The trouble is when it becomes airborne “dust”.
STUDENTS at Red River High School were doing asbestos abatement decades ago; although I’m thinking that the person supervising them didn’t bother to tell ‘em to wear air-filtering breathing equipment.
Lead paint is similarly over-blown. It’s not a problem if the paint isn’t peeling, and you’re too stupid to feed and/or supervise your kid properly.
This doesn’t take six million dollars to clean up. It takes six million dollars to make it look like it never happened at all.
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