BREAKING NEWS: New contaminant spotted in the regional aquifer

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- Lab officials think it is an artifact of drilling a monitoring well

By Roger Snodgrass

Tucked inside a routine monthly report is the first public disclosure of a potentially troubling new area of contamination in the regional aquifer below Los Alamos National Laboratory

A cover letter from Los Alamos National Laboratory to the New Mexico Environment Department was dated Aug. 29, 2009 and was published by link on a laboratory Web site last week. It calls attention to two elevated readings for the chemical bis(2-ethylhyexyl)phthalate. The samples were found in the water table, some 1300 feet below the surface, in one of the lab’s new regional monitoring wells R-46.

Read the story in Sunday's Monitor