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A Harford County citizens' group has been awarded two federal grants totaling $100,000 for the study of Superfund waste-disposal sites at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Helen Richick, executive director of the newly formed Aberdeen Proving Ground Superfund Citizens Coalition, said last week that the grants would be used to hire experts.

Those experts, she said, would help the citizens interpret environmental data concerning the waste-disposal sites.

The two Superfund dump sites at issue are the proving ground's Mi

chaelsville landfill and the Edgewood area, site of decades of research on chemical warfare.

Ms. Richick said the citizens'group hopes to hold meetings to inform the public about the status of the cleanup of the disposal sites.

The grants are aimed at helping the citizens become more involved in decisions about the cleanups, said Terri White, an official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Philadelphia.

L The EPA awarded the grants to Ms. Richick's group, she said.

Ms. White said the grants are the first of their kind involving a federal facility in the mid-Atlantic region.

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