DNREC to update community June 19 on Hockessin Ground Water Plume Site investigations

DNREC to update community June 19 on Hockessin Ground Water Plume Site investigations.
Agency will be joined by U.S. EPA and Delaware Division of Public Health at Hockessin Memorial Hall DOVER (June 14, 2017) – Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) will update the public about the contaminated Hockessin Ground Water Plume Site.
DNREC and EPA have been investigating contamination from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in some ground water wells which supply the Hockessin area’s drinking water.
Public drinking water in the area is provided by Artesian Water Company, and is treated to remove VOCs.
The primary ground water contaminant of concern in the Hockessin area is tetrachloroethylene (PCE), most commonly used as a dry-cleaning solvent and industrial degreaser.
Subsequently, DNREC has requested additional assistance from the EPA to help fully investigate the area, and identify the sources of the VOC contamination in ground water.
At the meeting, DNREC and the EPA will provide information on ground water well testing results for residential properties, along with 2016-2017 environmental assessment work completed by EPA on ground water contamination in the area.
The EPA is using its Superfund authority and resources to determine if the site warrants further long-term investigation and cleanup.
For more information regarding the Hockessin Ground Water Plume Site, please visit: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/dwhs/SIRB/Pages/Hockessin-Ground-Water-Plume-Site.aspx, or contact: Timothy Ratsep, Administrator; Paul Will, Program Manager; or Christina Wirtz, Outreach Ombudsman DNREC Site Investigation and Restoration Section; 302-395-2600 Email: Timothy.Ratsep@state.de.us; Paul.Will@state.de.us; or Christina.Wirtz@state.de.us Media Contact: Melanie H. Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902; Melanie.Rapp@state.de.us Visit the new alpha website of the The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).
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