September 27, 2010 - The Environmental Protection Agency announced this morning that Vienna, Mo. public drinking wells near an old hat factory were among seven new additions to the Superfund National Priorities List.
The so-called Vienna Wells site includes three contaminated public wells near the suspected source, the former Langenberg Hat Factory.
Vienna is in Maries County on Rt. 63 95 miles southwest of St. Louis.
Missouri's Department of Natural Resources referred the site to the EPA after determining that the old hat manufacturer was a suspected source of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) contamination.
PCE is a chemical used in dry cleaning and textile production. The chemical is known to cause health problems, particularly in studies of dry cleaning workers.