EPA results show homes need mitigation

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RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – 2 NEWS Investigates has learned so far a dozen homes in Riverside need mitigation systems to protect residents from vapor intrusion.

In November, 2 NEWS Investigates exposed a threat to the air residents of Riverside are breathing.  2 NEWS Investigates found out that in May 2013 the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency had asked the U.S. EPA for help “due to the potential hazards posed to neighboring homes and businesses” in the area now designated Valley Pike VOC.  The state found releases of two chemicals, tetrachloroethene or PCE and Trichloroethene or TCE.  Both can make you sick.  However, it’s the PCE levels that have been most disturbing to the U.S. EPA.

THE U.S. EPA has set up an office at 2049 Harshman Road and has been testing the homes of residents who have signed access agreements because that is a requirement.  The residents live in the area of Hypathia Avenue and Valley Pike Street.  The EPA is sampling the vapors in basements and within crawl spaces for indoor air pollution, vapors coming up from the ground.

Steve Renninger of the U.S. EPA told 2 NEWS Investigates initial results show a dozen homes so far need a vapor abatement system.  Renninger said fifteen homes tested do not require systems.

Renninger said testing will continue, and between now and March 67 properties are scheduled to be sampled.  Access agreements are still be accepted.  Once results are back in the hands of Renninger the homeowners involved get opportunities to meet with him and members of the state health department so they can ask questions.

Renninger told 2 NEWS Investigates the mitigation systems will be installed at no cost to residents and should provide enough ventilation to make it safe for residents to stay in their homes.  However, he promised the U.S. EPA will follow up with further testing to make sure the vapor abatement systems are working.

Renninger maintains the drinking water is not a concern because the Riverside residents in the area of testing get their water supply from the City of Dayton.

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