Groundwater drawn from three sites at the former Seneca Army Depot is contaminated with potent carcinogens at levels of up to 13-hundred times the federal health advisory limit.
A report at FingerLakes1.com states officials do not yet know the extent of the plumes of underground pollution, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation said the U.S. Army will begin additional “site investigations” in the early spring. The most contaminated depot site is a former fire training pad. Several farms and homes near the polluted sites rely on private water wells that could be exposed to plumes. The state Department of Health said in a statement Monday that it sampled water from 22 of those private wells in April and that none of the samples exceeded the federal health advisory limit.
The use of firefighting foam is thought to be the source of the contamination.