EPA: Riverside homes still need testing

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RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – Time is running out for residents in Riverside to get their homes tested for vapor intrusion.

2 NEWS Investigates first exposed the public health threat in November 2013. The EPA has shown that cancer-causing chemicals have been released into indoor air from the groundwater. The public water supply is not contaminated. The chemical is a compound called PCE.  It’s used in dry cleaning and degreasing metals.

Steve Renninger with the U.S. EPA said more than 65 of the homes tested so far need a mitigation system that will cost about $5,000. The EPA is footing that bill, but the funding for the first part of the critical response phase will run out in December. After that a private party will need to carry the cost.

Renninger told 2 NEWS Investigates there are at least 100 people who still need to sign up to get their homes tested in the Hypathia Ave and Valley Pike Street area.

A public meeting to talk about the problem and how they plan to fix it will be on Wednesday night at 6:30pm. It’s being held at Stebbins in Riverside.

The source of the contamination has not yet been determined.

 

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