Community Gathers To Stop Water Contamination 10/30/12
CBS 7 News
October 30, 2012
MIDLAND- One West Texas community is battling water contamination, and state agencies are insuring this community stays safe.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a community meeting for those affected by the ground water site contaminated with chromium.
The EPA along with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas State Health Services were present to answer questions regarding the cleanup and safety of those living on the West County Road 112 Ground Water Site.
The total length of the chromium plume is approximately 2 miles in length in the Ogallala aquifer.
Currently the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are treating the water with filters on water wells that are above the standard levels for consuming.
Vince Malott, the Site Project Manager with the EPA, said current investigations suggest the chromium is coming from an old plastic company.
The Texas Department of State Health Services officials said high levels of chromium exposure could lead to breathing problems and allergic reactions.
Mallott said he hopes a decision for cleanup treatment will be finalized by August of 2014.