Contamination rages on years after ba...

Contamination rages on years after base closes

There are 8 comments on the Myrtle Beach Online story from May 24, 2008, titled Contamination rages on years after base closes. In it, Myrtle Beach Online reports that:

High levels of environmental contamination still exist at the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base more than 15 years after the military left, but experts say the pollution is not affecting new retail and ...

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jim sefter

Pawleys Island, SC

#1 May 25, 2008
Thank you David Wren for another excellent article on the continuing saga of environmental contamination in Myrtle Beach. Keep up the good work.
MAILMAN

Winston Salem, NC

#2 May 25, 2008
AGAIN SOMEONE HAS JUMPED THE GUN ON GREED OVER PROTECTING THE LOCAL CITIZENS. THE BASED SHOULD HAVE BEEN FREE 100% OF ALL CHEMICALS, ESPECIALLY "TRIC.",B/4 SELLING THE LAND TO THE LOCALS. I USED "TRIC" IN THE AIR FORCE TO CLEAN MUNITIONS WITH PROTECTIVE EQUIP. IT IS A VERY HARSH CHEMICAL AND MAY CAUSE FUTURE HEALTH PROBLEMS FOR THE USER AND LOCAL ENVIRONMENT. 500 FT. FROM THE NEW "PIG" SOUNDS A LITTLE RISKEY. MAYBE THEY SHOULD PUT A GREATER PRIORITY AND MORE MONEY ON REMOVING THE GROUND CHEMICALS.
Scannerman

Summerville, SC

#3 May 25, 2008
I saw this within 500 feet of the beach. I think its alot more dangerous to MB than TCE at this time. But it goes unreported

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Government Beliefs

Manning, SC

#4 May 25, 2008
The following quotes from this article made by our government officals overseeing the cleanup does NOT instill confidence that this area is entirely safe.

"State and federal officials BELIEVE none of the pollution is located in groundwater beneath The Market Common and other new retail and residential developments.

While some of the contaminated sites are within a few hundred feet of those projects, tests show the pollution LARGELY is being contained.

Government agencies overseeing cleanup at the base say the contamination LIKELY does not pose a health threat for people living, visiting or working at the new shops, restaurants and homes."
Save MB

Manning, SC

#5 May 25, 2008
David Wren you've done it again! EXCELLENT JOB!
Laura Haney

Pawleys Island, SC

#6 May 25, 2008
David...way to go, another detailed, informative article concerning the local environment and its dangers. More information to be faxed this week, thanks for the excellent job in journalism!
Scannerman

Summerville, SC

#7 May 25, 2008
Laura Haney wrote:
David...way to go, another detailed, informative article concerning the local environment and its dangers. More information to be faxed this week, thanks for the excellent job in journalism!
I would love to see the Sun Newsdo an independant test of that lake water and the golf coarse but David wants to keep his job you did what you could. good work
Mary Childress

Florence, SC

#8 May 27, 2008
It's a shame that such a wonderful place, Market Common, and all of the beautiful homes and parks are built on a toxic waste dump. I think than human greed has taken over good judgement where the health of the public is concerned. The article states that land can be transfered if the remediation is working, but if the levels are increasing is that considered "working? Why are the levels of carcinagins increasing-Is it migration within the aquifer or saturation within the strata? Would I feel safe shopping at a store that is "500 ft. away" from one of the most contaminated sites of the air force base? Absolutely not. There are pockets of these chemicals migrating and unless you drill at a specific site, there is no way of knowing if that area is contaminated at that time. I am amazed that there are so many comments about bikers wearing thongs and so few people seem interested in something that can be a serious risk to their health and that of their loved ones. All I ask is that you research this on your own, and not be placated by someone telling you that it "probably" won't be harmful, especially when the people telling you it's safe are the one's profiting from it. Also, groundwater supposedly hasn't been used for drinking since 1999, but what about the people who were not warned about the contamination before 1999, when it was a known fact that it was unsafe. I would love to hear some opinions from people who live on the former base, as far as how they feel about this and whether they were informed of the contamination.

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