APG site worker leaves clinic after contamination tests

February 21, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A worker at Aberdeen Proving Ground's Edgewood area was evaluated and released yesterday from an installation clinic after he got contaminated water in his glove while removing unexploded ordnance from a cleanup site near the Bush River, APG officials said.

The man, who works for Human Factors Applications, an APG contractor, reported to work with a rash yesterday after getting the water in his glove Tuesday, said George Mercer, APG spokesman. A company official confirmed the incident yesterday but would not identify the worker.

Several weeks ago at the site, called D-Field, workers found erosion had left old munitions exposed on the beach and floating in the water. Sediment tests found "high levels" of the chemical thiodiglycol, which could indicate the presence of mustard agent, Mercer said. "One of those [test] sites was close to this area where the 75 mm round was being removed," he said.

Results of tests on the worker's skin and glove will be known in a few days, Mercer said.

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