EPA testing for seepage of toxic chemicals into Lou. homes

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by WHAS11.com

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 23 at 5:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Residents in one South Louisville neighborhood are waiting to see if their homes are contaminated with toxic chemicals.  

Over the last week, the Environmental Protection Agency has been visiting people near the Lee's Lane landfill.
 
In the 1970’s explosive levels of methane gas were found in homes nearby and the landfill was closed. In the 1980s, 400 exposed drums of hazardous materials were discovered next to the site and the Ohio River.

The landfill must be checked every five years to make sure the protections put in place during the cleanup are still working properly. The checkup last year showed a problem with the gas collection system.  

Now, there’s a concern that seven volatile organic chemicals, like bezene, butadiene, and carbon tetrachloride, have turned up around the landfill and in neighboring homes.
 
Residents said the EPA told residents their homes needed to be tested for chemicals.  They passed out plastic tubs telling neighbors to put all of their household chemicals inside, so the chemicals would not affect the test results.  

The EPA is scheduled to return the week of June 23 to test the homes for those toxic organic chemicals.  Residents said they were told if chemicals are found ventilation systems will be installed in their homes.

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