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Friday, August 14, 2009; 8:53 AM

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said Thursday that she plans to host a community meeting next month at which residents of the District's Spring Valley neighborhood can question ^ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Col. David E. Anderson about the latest discovery of buried World War I chemical munitions in the area.

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On Aug.4, the engineer corps found a glass vial containing traces of the blistering agent mustard during ^ what was thought to be the closing stages of an excavation in the back yard of a vacant house on Glenbrook Road. The corps has been searching on and off for 16 years for munitions buried at what was once a military weapons test site and had been winding down ^ the part of the project the search at the house.

The discovery of the mustard, two feet below the surface, has halted excavation and rekindled residents' fears of what might still lie undiscovered. Norton said she would set a date for the meeting later, and plans to visit the site one day next week.

¿ Michael E. Ruane


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