EPA clas­si­fies West Texas site su­per­fund

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

KERMIT, Texas — The U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency has given a West Texas site a fed­eral Su­per­fund des­ig­na­tion mark­ing it as one of the most haz­ardous waste sites in the coun­try.

On Mon­day, the EPA said in a state­ment that a por­tion of the Santa Rosa Aquifer in Kermit has been added to the Su­per­fund pro­gram’s Na­tional Pri­or­i­ties List.

The aquifer in the city west of Odessa has a con­tam­i­nated ground­wa­ter plume a mile long and 1.5 miles wide.

Lo­cal of­fi­cials first de­tected trichloroethene, an in­dus­trial sol­vent, in 1990. Te­tra­chloroethene, widely used to dryclean fabrics, was de­tected in 2000. Fed­eral author­i­ties said the source of the con­tam­i­na­tion is un­known.

Kermit treats the drink­ing wa­ter be­fore re­leas­ing it to more than 5,700 cus­tomers.

The EPA also an­nounced its in­tent to add Ea­gle In­dus­tries in the Ok­la­homa City sub­urb of Mid­west City to the Na­tional Pri­or­i­ties List, which iden­ti­fies sites that threaten the pub­lic health and en­vi­ron­ment.

The Ea­gle In­dus­tries prop­erty was an in­spec­tion and re­pair fa­cil­ity for fire ex­tin­guisher sys­tems used on air­craft.

The EPA says that a 2003 in­spec­tion re­vealed im­proper dis­posal of a chem­i­cal, which con­tam­i­nated the nearby ground­wa­ter.

AP/ELAINE THOMPSON

A kayaker pad­dles past a par­tially sub­merged small air­plane off­shore in Puget Sound as a U.S. Coast Guard boat stands by Mon­day in Seat­tle. The plane’s oc­cu­pants es­caped with­out in­jury.

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