Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pennsylvania residents hear advice on tainted well water

October 15, 2008 - Lenny Siegel, executive director of the Center for Public Environmental Oversight, warned residents about the possibility of toxic vapor intrusion into their homes and recommended they push officials to put the former Foster Wheeler site in Crestwood Industrial Park on the national Superfund list.

Contamination of trichloroethylene, which studies show probably causes cancer, was identified in the late 1980s and treated at the pressure boiler-manufacturing plant that stopped production in 1984. But the degreasing chemical wasn’t noticed in several dozen residential wells along Church Road until the company stumbled across it during tests in 2004.

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