Tuesday, December 2, 2008

EPA targets groundwater contamination in Yakima, Washington

November 6, 2008 - The federal Environmental Protection Agency has begun bringing together local, state and federal agencies in an effort to solve groundwater contamination in the Lower Yakima Valley.

The EPA action was prompted by a series of Yakima Herald-Republic stories published last month about the failure to remedy -- or even examine -- long-standing problems of nitrates contaminating small private wells.

The stories showed how local, state and federal agencies virtually ignored a study six years ago that found one in five of 195 wells tested outside five Lower Valley communities contained nitrates in excess of federal safety limits.

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