The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it recently began remediation work to remove lingering contaminants and implement site cleanup at a former chemical plant near San Antonio, Texas.
The site, formerly utilized by the Eldorado Chemical Company, was added to the EPA’s list of contaminated sites in September 2016, and referred to federal authorities by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality with the goal of remedial investigation under the agency’s Superfund program, the EPA release said.
The full study for this site is expected to take approximately three years, with ample opportunity for public input. Without attention, contaminants could potentially harm the drinking water in the area near the Bexar County community of Live Oak.
The property was previously home to a cleaning product manufacturer; its soil and groundwater were tainted by chlorinated solvents such as tetrachloroethene, trichloroethene, dichloroethene and vinyl chloride. Long-term exposure to tetrachloroethene has been shown to cause organ damage and changes in brain chemistry.