Federal and state officials are moving quickly to clean-up a newly designated SuperFund site in Moraine, a decades-old illegal dump that poses a threat to Opossum Creek, a tributary of the Great Miami.
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Noteable U.S. EPA SuperFund clean-up sites in the region
Behr Dayton Thermal Systems VOC (volatile organic compounds) Plume Site: A plant located at 1600 Webster Street, Dayton, that manufactures vehicle air conditioning and engine-cooling systems. Chrysler Corporation owned and operated this facility from about 1937 until April of 2002. The ground water beneath this plant was found to be contaminated with volatile organic compounds. The U.S. EPA tested 276 homes in the McCook Field neighborhood for potentially hazardous vapors and installed mitigation systems in 148 residences to remove the vapors.
The East Troy Contaminated Aquifer: An area where volatile organic compounds, including the common industrial chemicals PCE and TCE, have contaminated ground water, soil and the indoor air in basements. EPA addressed the indoor air health risk by installing vapor abatement systems in 16 homes in the summer of 2007. EPA and Ohio EPA data also shows that VOCs have contaminated ground water below the city of Troy, as well as a local drinking water well field. To address this, Ohio EPA and Troy have taken steps to contain one potential source of the contamination, and are treating contaminated ground water prior to use.
The Lammers Barrel Factory site: The site is on the northeast corner of Grange-Hall and East Patterson Roads in Beavercreek. The company operated as a chemical recycling facility from 1953 until 1969. The facility burned to the ground in September, 1969. As a result, chemicals migrated into the soil and ground water. On-site soil is now contaminated with organic chemicals and metals. Contamination in some private residential wells was first discovered in the mid-1980s. In 1985, U.S. EPA extended county water service to nine residences along East Patterson Road with wells containing vinyl chloride, a known cancer-causing chemical. Through additional investigations, U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA learned that ground water contamination extends from the site outward to the east, south, and southeast and impacts an area along the northern end of the Woodhaven subdivision. EPA extended water lines to three additional homes in 2000.
The Valleycrest Landfill Site: The site is roughly 100 acres formally listed at 950 Brandt Pike. The site is above the Great Miami Aquifer, which is the sole source of drinking water for the city of Dayton. U.S. EPA, helped by the Ohio EPA, proposed installing a solid waste cap, a perimeter extraction system for liquid seepage and gas extraction wells to clean up and contain remaining waste at the North Sanitary Landfill.
The West Troy Contaminated Aquifer: This is in a wellfield in the city of Troy. The municipal system supplies water to about 28,000 people. Since 1986 volatile organic compounds , primarily tetrachloroethene (also referred to as PCE), have been detected in one of the five production wells in the West Well Field. The Ohio EPA conducted several investigations beginning in the early 1990s; however, a definitive source of VOC contamination in the West Well Field has not been identified. A separate ground plume has led to VOC contamination in the city’s East Well Field which is part of the East Troy Contaminated Aquifer National Priorities List site.
Source: U.S. EPA