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Fort Jackson officials to discuss well testing results

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A map of assessment findings at Fort Jackson. (Source: WIS) A map of assessment findings at Fort Jackson. (Source: WIS)

Fort Jackson officials plan to unveil to the public on June 17 results of well testing near the installation, several months after first alerting DHEC about groundwater contamination at the southern edge of the base.

In July, 2012, the Army's operational range assessment program indicated extremely small amounts of a material called Royal Demolition Explosive (RDX) in certain monitoring wells. RDX is a compound released when hand grenades are detonated.

In November, 2013, the base alerted its neighbors and the media about the discovery, but stressed RDX levels were below EPA health advisory levels.

The Army planned to test private wells near the base to see if any contamination had migrated off the installation into neighborhoods.

A collection of samples was to take place the first two weeks of December, 2013. Officials said they would notify property owners of the results approximately four weeks later. 

Base officials said appropriate action would be taken in the event RDX was detected above risk-based levels.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the chemical compound can cause seizures in people who swallow a lot of it.

There are no studies showing cancer in those who've been exposed to RDX but residents who live near the post still are worried about possible exposure.

The public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Weston Lake Community House.

The meeting is specifically for home and business owners in Hopkins who are not on the public water system, specifically those located east of Weston Lake, south of Leesburg Road, west of Grimes Road & Caughman's Pond, and north of Louis Leconte Road.

Signs directing participants to the Community House will be posted along the route once they enter the Weston Lake area from Leesburg Road.

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