The Fort Detrick Restoration Advisory Board met at the Hampton Inn and Suites on Opossumtown Pike on Feb. 6 to update the community with the latest results from the investigation of groundwater contamination in and around Area B.
John Cherry, a project manager for Arcadis, the contractor conducting the investigation, briefed the RAB that results of a second round of groundwater and surface water testing on and around Area B, as well as at Carroll Creek, last fall indicated no major differences from the first round of testing conducted in spring 2012. Cherry also said Arcadis recommends continuing the investigation by digging deeper wells in and around Area B, and east of Carroll Creek.
Shelly Morris, a project manager with Arcadis, briefed the RAB that 90 off-post private wells have been tested so far, with at least one more to go. Results available from 87 of the wells showed traces of seven different kinds of pollutants in 25 different wells, with the gasoline additive MTBE, being the most common, found in 14 wells. All of the contaminants were well below federal drinking water standards, Morris said. She briefed the RAB that Arcadis does not believe these are associated with Area B groundwater.
The next RAB meeting will take place on May 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites.