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NASA to launch million-dollar cleanup effort

August 02, 2011
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WASHINGTON — Although the shuttle program has run aground, the cleanup associated with the toxic substances spewed from the spacecrafts will require attention for years to come, according to the San Francisco Times.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) says it will cost roughly $96 billion over the next 30 years to clean the tainted soil at Kennedy Space Center, the story stated.

According to the story, the Air Force said it will need another $50 million to clean up the mess at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station by 2017.

The most common chemical contaminant of the remaining 126 sites is a chlorinated solvent called trichloroethylene or "trike" and its breakdown products, which are known to cause birth defects and cancer, and their concentration levels are thousands times higher than federal drinking water standards allow, the story noted.

Taxpayer dollars are funding the ongoing cleanup and investigation, which has cost at least $315 million since 1985, the story added.

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