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Munitions Plant in VA Asks for More Time for Cleanup

The Radford Army Ammunition Plant is seeking renewal of a federal permit that would allow it to continue cleaning up hazardous waste, including decades-old debris from explosives manufacturing.

The Roanoke Times reports that some waste has been in soil and groundwater at the munitions complex since World War II.

Only seven of the 77 sites identified for possible cleanup in 2000 remain to be addressed. Nineteen contaminated sites have been cleaned up. Another 51 sites were determined to either not pose an unacceptable risk or had no contamination when they were checked.

The Environmental Protection Agency expects to reissue the permit for another ten years.

Maria Bowling with the Sierra Club's New River chapter questions why no testing for contamination has been conducted outside the complex's boundaries.

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