UPDATE: Leitchfield residents concerned about possible groundwater contamination; the EPA responds to those concerns
LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (WBKO) – We have a follow-up to a story we first brought you on Monday, as the Environmental Protection Agency issued a response to our questions about possible groundwater contamination in parts of Leitchfield.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently focused solely on the groundwater contamination in the immediate area of the Campbell Hausfeld facility in Leitchfield, Kentucky.
The Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection (KDEP) is investigating groundwater contamination issues from a facility adjacent to Campbell Hausfeld, the former Bosch Tool facility.
EPA then conducted its first information session for local citizens on November 3, 2016 on the topic of environmental investigations for the Campbell Hausfeld facility.
EPA community engagement staff have responded to inquiries from citizens in the area since the 2016 meeting.
An additional round of ditch water sampling was conducted during the week of June 12, 2017, and results are expected within 2 months.
Letters containing the sample results will be sent to the appropriate homeowners.
See the response to question 9 for more details.
Surface water from drainage ditches, sediment samples, and sump water from four corresponding homes on Floyd Street were collected by EPA in January 2017.
The samples collected were analyzed for site related groundwater contaminants in order to determine whether contaminated groundwater was surfacing into the ditches.