Worried about military waste lurking under your yard or home?
Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will meet at Satellite Beach’s Pelican Beach Park on November 9 to discuss the status of an environmental survey and pending cleanup of the former defense facility just south of Space Force Station Patrick. Decades of fear of health risks.
The Corps plans to proceed with the investigation and cleanup if the property owner signs a “right of entry”.
A notice to residents said, “The deadline to receive signed admissions has passed, but we encourage all property owners who have received the form and have not yet signed it to do so as soon as possible.” It is written. “If someone signs the form after starting fieldwork, We cannot guarantee that property will be searched. ”
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The 52-acre area south of Space Force Station Patrick has more than 300 homes and is being decontaminated. Some residents fear what dangers shovels may one day encounter in their yards. No one has yet been injured in the explosion, but other discoveries in the backyard keep the horror alive.
In a video presentation posted last November, Andrew Rebman, a project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said, “The practice ammunition and smaller (ammunition) cartridges were recovered, but at the risk of explosives. No evidence of ammunition.
The agency will survey the South Patrick Shores shipyards for hazardous debris and chemicals left behind before, during and after World War II. Workers drive mini-excavators, hand-grab soil samples, and use ground-penetrating radar to probe for metals. If a soil or groundwater sample is suspect, workers place a small canister inside the house to test for steam.
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The Corps will gladly conduct soil vapor intrusion studies on homeowners’ homes in South Patrick if soil or groundwater contamination is found. However, not all residents have participated in the Legion’s investigations yet.
So far, 182 of 317 (50%) eligible homeowners have signed a “right of entry” form to allow the corps to sample soil and air contamination on their property. I’m here. In January, Brevard Public Schools also decided to allow the Corps to search for contamination on the grounds of Seapark Elementary School.
The Corps also lists several other sites on its interactive FUDS map that do not currently have cleanup projects, according to Corps documents.
- Canova Beach Radar Station — On August 23, 1943, the federal government acquired 12.28 acres for use as the Canova Beach Radar Station. The facility included a transmitter building, a power plant, a radar tower, an 8,000 gallon underground fuel storage tank, and a septic tank. By 1948, the army no longer needed the radar station, and the property was transferred to his two individuals.
- ARNDCOM Facilities — On November 1, 1962, the federal government leased 10 acres of Brevard from a land development company for a temporary army mobile military air defense facility at Satellite Beach. The Army Air Defense Command used it for mobile military air defense sites. The lease was canceled on May 1, 1963 and the land was returned to the owner.
More information about the site can be accessed at this Corps site.
Some fear the Corps will not delve deeper into the South Patrick Shores area Literally enough to find contamination.
Sandra Sullivan of South Patrick Shores has for years called on the Legion to clean up contamination near the base, including that buried in her garden. In 2007, she joined the base’s remediation committee, the board that advises the military on base-related environmental cleanup. I learned that it is a push technique.
“While we appreciate the $5.8 million spent on the dump test accelerated by Rep. (Bill) Posey, it is sad for our community. ‘There is no further response,'” Sullivan said. Authorities have noted that they may not have taken enough samples to find enough contamination to merit a cleanup. It’s not rocket science that some pollution is under the rubble.”
Residents had previously been disappointed by what they said weren’t being tested aggressively enough. The Florida Department of Health has released more than a year-long study of the disease in the area and concluded that there is no significant public health risk. At the time, a Jacksonville oncologist who grew up in Brevard and helped the state investigate cancer in the Satellite Beach and Suntree areas said the state’s investigation fell far short of what she wanted. The DOH study failed to examine all cancer types, say oncologists and other critics. Or it includes hundreds of local cancer activists and survivors reported to the health department.
“Too many people have died over the decades, including too many children,” Sullivan added. has died.”
Want to learn more about former military contamination sites along Brevard’s barrier islands?
Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will visit the Naval Air Station’s Banana River off-base repository and environmental survey and proposed fieldwork on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. We can discuss the approach. Pelican Beach Club House, 1525 Florida A1A, Satellite Beach. For more information, email FUDS.Florida@usace.army.mil or call (800) 710-5184.