Sunday, October 13, 2019

EPA to test Verona, Mo. private wells for possible cancerous chemical

VERONA, Mo. (KY3) -- Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shared what they could Friday with leaders in Verona, Mo. The EPA is working to discover if a dangerous chemical has seeped into ground and well water.
The short-notice meeting came a little more than six weeks after the agency reported it found two dangerous chemicals at the Syntex site. The site is now operating as BCP Ingredients, but was known to produce Agent Orange decades ago.
At a public meeting in August, the EPA told residents one of those chemicals -- dioxin -- was contained, but the agency was not certain about the status other chemical, dioxane.
Friday, the EPA shared plans to start testing private wells in Verona for dioxane, but the mayor wants answers much sooner than that.
"Why, when there's questions asked, why ain't there just an out forthcoming answer?" Mayor Joseph Heck asked EPA officials in Friday's meeting.
Heck and about a dozen of the people he represents listened to EPA's plans to see if the chemical is in their ground and drinking water.

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