PADEN CITY, W.Va. (AP) — Federal environmental officials want to add the groundwater in a West Virginia community along the Ohio River to a national cleanup priority list.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed adding Paden City's groundwater to the list of Superfund cleanup sites, the office of Sen. Joe Manchin said in a news release.
Untreated groundwater in Paden City was discovered to contain the solvent tetrachloroethylene at levels higher than the federally allowed limit, the statement said.
Tetrachloroethylene is a harmful chemical widely used by dry cleaners.
Sites are added to the priority list when contamination poses significant human health and environmental risks. They are then eligible to receive federal funding for long-term cleanup projects.
According to the EPA, tetrachloroethylene is a likely carcinogen and can harm an individual’s nervous system, liver, kidneys and reproductive system.