EPA holds hearing about ground water contamination in Elkhart

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

ELKHART, Ind.--- Residents of communities flagged for tainted groundwater met with officials from the Environmental Protection Agency tonight.

Last week, the EPA recommended that 70 homes on the city's northwest side be connected to city water.

The areas are bordered by the St. Joseph River to the north, Hively Ave. to the south, Nappanee St. to the west and Oakland Ave. to the east.

The EPA also suggested that 200 homes inside the Lusher Superfund Site have vapor removal systems installed.

According to our reporting partners atThe Elkhart Truth, the contaminants can seep through basement walls and foundations.

Officials are still trying to figure out what's causing the contamination so they can consider a long-term clean-up plan.

In the meantime, residents at tonight's meeting were told temporary fixes will cost almost $3 million.


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