LIVE OAK – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the El Dorado Chemical Co. site will be added to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) of the nation’s most contaminated sites.
The former cleaning product manufacturing site contains soil and groundwater contaminated with chlorinated solvents including tetrachloroethene, trichloroethene, dichloroethene, and vinyl chloride. If not addressed, the contaminants could harm the Edwards Aquifer, which provides drinking water to 215,722 local residents.
Superfund cleanups benefit the health of those who live on or near the sites. Academic research has shown these cleanups reduce birth defects close to a site by as much as 25 percent. More than 850 Superfund sites nationwide have some type of actual or planned reuse underway.
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