Lawmakers hope to bring federal training center to Eastalco site

Nov 20, 2009 Full story: The Frederick News Post

Lawmakers are lobbying to bring a Bureau of Diplomatic Security training center to Frederick County, with the hope it will usher in hundreds of jobs.

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Not a good idea


#1 Nov 22, 2009
Lawmakers Hope To Bring Federal Training Center To Eastalco Site
November 20, 2009 - 2:01am
Lawmakers are lobbying to bring a Bureau of Diplomatic Security training center to Frederick County, with the hope it will usher in hundreds of jobs.
On behalf of the county's state delegation, Delegate Paul Stull, R-Md., sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., about 10 days ago, asking that she support building the training center at the site of the shuttered Alcoa Eastalco Works aluminum plant near Ballenger Creek Pike.
Alcoa Eastalco Works is located in the Buckeystown area of Frederick County, Maryland, about 45 miles from both Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland.  The plant occupies 400 acres of a 2,200 acre tract.  Eastalco Works was capable of producing 185,000 tons of aluminum each year.  Production at the Eastalco plant ended in December, 2005, but before then, the plant produced rolling ingots, bullets and T-ingots.  Additionally, this facility was a Test Laboratory accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) for chemical and environmental analysis. 
Now some of you may be scratching your head asking, what are some of the hazardous materials produced from smelting operations? Most notably; cyanides, fluorides and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons all of which have the possibility of contamination of subterranean aquifers and surface waters.
Yes, probably not the healthiest location to stage basic training operations for our best and brightest working in federal law enforcement. The half-life on a majority of these waste products is much longer than one would expect. I know wouldn't want to live and work on the location / property of a decommissioned smelting operation.
I hope those in power in GSA and DSS will reevaluate this location and decide to move to one of the locations they have already scouted out or use part time in West Virginia and Virginia.
Aluminum Smelter Plant / Test Laboratory = bad location. West Virginia / Virginia = good location.
This isn't rocket science.

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#2 Nov 23, 2009
Welcome to Buckeystown, neighbor! Love to have you here!

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