Paden City, West Virginia, Added to EPA Superfund List | West Virginia News
PADEN CITY, W.Va. (AP) — Federal environment officials have added groundwater in a West Virginia community along the Ohio River to a national cleanup priority list.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday placed groundwater in Paden City on the list of Superfund cleanup sites, the EPA said in a news release.
Sites are added to the priority list when contamination poses significant risks to human health and the environment. They are then eligible to receive federal funding for long-term cleanup projects.
Untreated groundwater collected in Paden City was found to contain the solvent tetrachlorethylene at levels above the federally permitted limit, the statement said.
Tetrachlorethylene is a harmful chemical widely used by dry cleaners. According to the EPA, tetrachlorethylene is a probable carcinogen and can harm an individual’s nervous system, liver, kidneys, and reproductive system.
Paden City’s new water treatment plant debuted in May 2020. Potable water currently meets state and federal standards, according to the release.
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