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Malta Rocket Fuel Area

By Environmental Protection Agency

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Book Id: WPLBN0000150830
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 0.1 MB
Reproduction Date: 2007

Title: Malta Rocket Fuel Area  
Author: Environmental Protection Agency
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Language: English
Subject: Ecology, Natural resource issues, Environemtal protection
Collections: Environmental Awareness Library Collection
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Publisher: United States Environmental Protection Agency

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Agency, E. P. (n.d.). Malta Rocket Fuel Area. Retrieved from http://hawaiilibrary.net/


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Excerpt: The Malta Rocket Fuel Area site consists of the 165-acre Malta Test Station and some undeveloped forest that forms part of the safety easement for the Test Station. The Test Station was established in 1945 by the U.S. Government for rocket engine and fuel testing, and was first leased by various agencies, including several departments of the military, and then purchased in 1955 by a predecessor of the Department of Defense. The site was also leased to NASA and used for research and development projects conducted on behalf of the Department of Energy. The General Electric Company (GE) operated the Test Station as a government contractor from 1945 to 1964. In 1964, the Test Station and the easement were acquired by a predecessor of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). GE continued as an operating contractor while NYSERDA and its predecessor conducted atomic and space research and development at the Test Station. In 1984, NYSERDA sold approximately 81 acres of the Test Station, including most of the original buildings, test areas, rocket gantries, and other facilities to the Wright-Malta Corporation. Operations at the site involved the use of hazardous substances. Investigations of soil, sludge, surface water, and ground water at the site indicated the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Numerous potential source areas were identified at the site, including scrap metal storage, chemical storage, solid waste disposal, drum disposal, and fuel mixing areas; a burning pit; the rocket gantries and associated cooling pits; septic tanks and leach fields; aboveground and underground storage tanks and piping systems; and the magazine area.

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