Indian Head placed on cleanup list

October 03, 1995

Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center in Charles County has been targeted for priority cleanup of acids, solvents, explosives and other toxic substances that contaminate the old proving ground and nearby Mattawoman Creek.

The Environmental Protection Agency last week placed Indian Head on its National Priorities List for cleanup under the federal Superfund law. Cleanup of stream sediments tainted with silver and lead is planned; the Navy already is removing mercury-contaminated soil.Traces of mercury have been detected in fish in the creek near Indian Head, though the levels are well below what is considered hazardous for humans or fish.

Indian Head brings to 15 the number of Superfund toxic waste sites in Maryland.

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