Testing will begin Monday at a Forest Glen Annex site where suspected carcinogens have been detected in Silver Spring, Army officials announced Thursday night at the Restoration Advisory Board meeting.
Sediment and surface water will be tested on both active and former Army property just north of Linden Lane and south of the Capital Beltway. Though there was a cleanup of the area between 2006 and 2007 following an assesment by the Maryland Department of the Environment in 2005, Joseph Gortva, environmental restoration program manager for Fort Detrick, said the sampling may extend past the National Park Seminary, which was once owned by the Army and excessed in 2002. The Seminary occupies more than 20 acres, according to documents from the Maryland Historical Trust’s Inventory of Historic Properties.
The results of the testing are expected in March 2013.
Don Hall, a 30-year Army veteran and resident of the Seminary, was selected as co-chairman for the RAB at Thursday’s meeting. Hall, an Army engineer and historian, was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for four years, and Fort Detrick for six years, he said. He retired from the Army in May and is currently the treasurer for Save our Seminary, an activist group focused on preserving the National Park Seminary.
“Particularly because of my interest in the annex through Save Our Seminary,” Hall said he is “someone who can help put the information in a historical context.” His neighbors are acquainted with the annex’s recent cleanup activities, but its older history is not well known, he said.
The RAB’s second co-chairman, William Crane, is the garrison manager at Forest Glen Annex.
Members of the RAB will be taking a tour of the six identified sites the morning of Oct. 27. The next RAB meeting is scheduled for Dec. 6.