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NASA’s toxic vapor problem at Moffett Field

Thursday, May 31, 2012


Ever since the Navy turned over Moffett Field to NASA in 1994, the two entities have been arguing over who’s responsible for environmental cleanup. That argument continues, even after the latest bad news: a building occupied by facilities workers has been found to have 10 times the acceptable limit of toxic vapors coming from an underground steam tunnel connected to the former Navy base’s iconic Hangar One (pictured, from the 1960s). The latest hotspot is Building 10, a 1930s structure that houses the boiler used to heat nearby buildings and a locker room for workers, the Mountain View Voice says. An excerpt:
Fairchild, Intel and the United States Navy were among those who used the industrial solvent Trichloroethylene and either dumped it on the ground or leaked it from storage tanks over the years.

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