Shuttle, rocket liftoffs leave legacy of costly cleanups at KSC | FLORIDA TODAY | floridatoday.com

Posted by Trish Riley, August 1, 2011

Plumes of carcinogenic chemicals used in the launching of the space shuttles, Apollo moon shots and other rockets seeped deep into sandy soils beneath launch pads and other structures at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

They form viscous toxic goo that will take $1 billion in cleanup costs agencywide over many decades, and could bog down funding for next-generation spacecraft.

NASA estimates it will spend $96 million in the next 30 years at KSC, including $6 million this year. The Air Force says it will take another $50 million to get the rest of its cleanups at Cape Canaveral under way by 2017.

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