Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

April 24, 2014

Study: Water near Radford ammunition plant safe

RADFORD, Va. — A new report says drinking water around the Radford Army Ammunition Plant isn’t contaminated.

The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry conducted a yearlong study in response to environmental groups’ concerns that hazardous waste dumped decades ago might have gotten into nearby homes’ wells.

The Roanoke Times says the agency released its findings Wednesday.

The report says public systems and wells draw their drinking water from the New River upstream from the plant. It also says any chemicals that do reach the river would be diluted by the water’s flow to acceptable levels for drinking.

Pockets of groundwater below the plant’s grounds are contaminated. But the report says private wells in the area are outside the contaminated groundwater’s likely flow path.

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