Butler residents concerned about health effects from contaminated soil

Lu Tan, right, project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, talks with environmental engineer Matthew Masten of Phoenix at Monday’s open house. / Hubble Ray Smith / Daily Miner


By Hubble Ray Smith | Daily Miner

More than 100 residents of the Butler area showed up at the Eagles club Monday evening for an open house hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to present an overview of the years-long gunnery range soil remediation project.

People checked a map to see if their home was among 67 properties that lie within the neighborhood bounded roughly by Tommie Drive to the east, Route 66 to the west, Northfield Avenue to the south and Lass Avenue to the north.

The Army Corps of Engineers, led by project manager Lu Tan, sent letters to homeowners seeking the right to enter their properties to collect soil samples that may be contaminated with clay pigeons and lead shot debris left from World War II gunnery training ranges.

“I’m very concerned about my health,” said Margarita Temple, who lives on Devlin Avenue. “I’m concerned about my health and my neighbors and what could happen to me in the future. What kind of investigation and removal?”


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