Sunday, June 24, 2018

EPA proposes addition of Roswell's Groundwater Plume site to priority list

EPA proposes addition of Roswell's Groundwater Plume site to priority list.
EPA proposes addition of Roswell's Groundwater Plume site to priority list.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the addition of Roswell, New Mexico’s Second Street Groundwater Plume site to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) on Monday, due to the plume’s potential to impact the city’s drinking water.

“Making communities safer and healthier is the number-one goal at Superfund cleanups,” EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry said. “By addressing this contamination, we can reduce risks for Roswell families and promote future economic development.”

The site, located in central Roswell, formerly hosted dry-cleaning operations and an in-ground concrete separator tank, which, along with a groundwater plume, are considered to be the sources of contamination. The area’s soil and groundwater are contaminated with tetrachloroethylene (PERC) and trichloroethylene, among other volatile organic compunds, which could seriously impact the local public health. Long-term PERC exposure has been shown via animal testing to cause liver and kidney damage and changes in brain chemistry.

The Superfund program was established 35 years ago through the Comprehensive Environmental, Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) to handle complex, uncontrolled and abandoned contaminated sites, while the NPL provides a basis for the EPA to prioritize enforcement action and long-term funding.


EPA testimony statements are available at www.epa.gov.

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