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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it's reached an agreement with the Department of Defense to work together on cleaning up a superfund site at Fort Detrick in Maryland.

The groundwater at certain sites in Fort Detrick is contaminated with solvents after decades of chemical, biological and radiological testing. It was declared a superfund site in 2009.

The agreement between the department and the EPA sets up an enforceable roadmap for cleanup. First, an assessment will have to be made, something the agreement lays out.

Ben Mykijewycz is in charge of superfund sites on federal facilities for the EPA.

"The interim goal is to get all the areas of concern assessed, and the ultimate goal is any of those areas that present a risk to either human health or the environment, to get them cleaned up," he says.

Superfund sites can take as few as six years to clean, and as many as 50 or longer.

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