Review: Site's groundwater soil cleanup working
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- The first five-year review of the nation's only plant for assembling and disassembling nuclear weapons says the effort to clean up soil and groundwater contamination at the site has been effective so far.
Pantex in the Texas Panhandle was added to the national Superfund cleanup list in 1994 because of past site practices that included burning chemicals in unlined pits, burying waste in unlined landfills and discharging waste into on-site surface waters.
The review says the cleanup will continue for years. The focus is on removing contamination from soil and a shallow aquifer beneath the plant located 17 miles northeast of Amarillo.
A top goal is to keep contamination from reaching the Ogallala Aquifer, the Panhandle's major source of water for municipal, industrial and agricultural use.