Fort Detrick: Building site groundwater polluted

FREDERICK — The Army says it has found unsafe levels of groundwater pollution on private property near Fort Detrick where a developer wants to build more than 700 homes.

The Frederick News-Post reported Thursday on preliminary observations from sampling on a 92-acre site owned by Waverly View Investors LLC.

The parcel borders Area B, a largely undeveloped part of the military installation that includes a former dump designated as a federal Superfund fund site in 2009.

The Army began sampling the groundwater in December under an agreement that averted a lawsuit over the developer’s contention that pollution from Fort Detrick had devalued the property.

The Army says it found the solvent trichloroethylene, or TCE, at levels above the maximum allowed for drinking water about 100 feet from the Army’s property line.

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