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Cleaning Hill Air Force Base to cost more than $2 million

Cleaning Hill Air Force Base to cost more than $2 million



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- The price tag for the cleanup of contaminated soil at Hill Air Force Base is exceeding $2 million.

Hill environmental-issues spokeswoman Barbara Fisher says that $1.7 million was spent to lift, move and replace thousands of tons of soil in which inspectors found potentially dangerous chemicals in a housing area in the southwest corner of the base.

The chemicals, known as PCBs, were discovered last December near homes and at levels dozens of times higher than what environmental experts consider safe.

The military also spent about $400,000 investigating and sampling the soil.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that health effects associated with PCB exposure include acne-like skin conditions in adults and neuro-behavioral and immunological changes in children.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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