Stennis Clean-Up About To Begin

NASA has announced plans to clean up hazardous substances from two sites at Stennis Space Center. Stennis officials say the fire training area and the high-pressure gas facility have contaminated groundwater.

NASA environmental specialist Jenette Gordon says the agency plans to use a pump-and-treat system to clean the water. Officials say the two areas are among nine sites requiring cleanup. Groundwater samples taken at the two sites showed volatile organic compounds as well as metals and pesticides. Stennis officials expect no adverse health effects because the water isn't used for drinking. Officials say the contaminants leached into the ground from a shallow burn pit used in fire-training exercises.

The cleanup work will begin next summer and take about two to three years.