The clock is running out on decades of Army promises to clean up toxic wastes oozing from Fort Gillem into nearby neighborhoods, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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The Story So Far
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote in April about contamination at Fort Gillem, a former U.S. Army base south of Atlanta, where hazardous chemicals dumped decades ago are spreading under neighboring homes. Among the possible solutions is putting the site on the national Superfund list, under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the AJC, the EPA recently released new documents on Fort Gillem. They show that the state has deferred asking for a Superfund designation, giving the Army until the end of the year to produce an enforceable cleanup agreement. The documents also reveal that some EPA officials are skeptical a cleanup will move forward without a Superfund listing.