Thursday, June 02, 2005

Groton Cleanup

I am in no position to argue Rob's assertion that he is in the best sub homeport. However, I can offer some more negative proof for New London.

The Day (registration required after 6/2) has another article on pollution due to the SUBASE. Aside from the annoyingly persistent inability of people to differentiate radiation from contamination, it does bring up some salient points, which I wondered about myself when the 15 Superfund sites on base were named (I love that post if for no other reason than to repeat that Sec. England has earned the ‘Silver Beaver’). Namely, what about the river?

I love how it gets danced around, with quotes like, “controls of … reactor cooling water and other radiation-contaminated materials were weak by today's standards,” and, “Trace levels of … cobalt-60 have been found in river sediments … [t]hese are believed to be left from discharges into the Thames River of reactor cooling water from submarines from the 1950s until 1972 .
Heh, we used to blow resin into the water! It was a running joke with the NR office in Groton. We always wondered just how bad the river was due to that. Thankfully, “The amounts of cobalt-60 are well below international levels at which sediments must be characterized as radioactive.” That answers our old question. Guess most of it got swept into the sound.

Dilution is the Solution!


At 7:36 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Resin in the harbor? today's standards folks would choke on that one.

But, as you said, dilution...the 'ol "900...(wipe hands together)...450...(wipes hands on pants leg)...less than!


At 12:25 PM, Blogger Vigilis said...

Right, you are PBS- But buyers and leasors of closed military property not only get significant price discounts, they are protected from legal liability arising from any prior environmental contamination. Also, Groton should not have as much UXO as Charleston had, or chemical contamination as Charleston or Mare Island. There will be a few unexpected cleanup costs for sure, but Groton is a relatively small base that has been environmentally conscious since its first nuclear boats. Resin dumping? The Thames has been monitored downstream for decades. The list of known problems is actually comforting with so many "no action required" and "cleaned to residential standards" status results. That is much better than older, industrial areas of CT such as around the old Stratford complex.


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