HIGHWAY 18 GROUND WATER
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) representatives will be holding a community meeting in conjuction with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on January 21 at the Kermit Community Center, 200 North Poplar Street, Kermit, Texas, from 6-8 pm to provide an update on EPA sampling activities over the past year as well as to enable DSHS to speak on the results of their recently completed health consultation. Check back here or on the City of Kermit website for any meeting updates.
The Highway 18 Groundwater Site is located at the intersection of Highway 18 and Jeffee Drive in Kermit. The site was added to the EPA’s National Priorities List in August 2017.
Public Participation Opportunities
Community partnerships are critical to Superfund Site cleanups. EPA’s goal is to work with community partners at every site by establishing an effective process to fully explore future uses before the cleanup remedy’s selection. Following the remedial investigation to determine the source and extent of the groundwater plume, EPA will conduct a community/Proposed Plan Meeting to propose what it considers the most cost effective remedy; EPA accepts community comments on the proposedremedy prior to selecting a final remedy in the Record of Decision. The community is encouraged to apply to EPA for a Technical Assistant Grant (TAG). A TAG helps communities participate in Superfund cleanup decision-making. It provides funding to community groups to contract their own technical advisor to interpret and explain technical reports, site conditions, and EPA’s proposed cleanup proposals and decisions. An initial grant up to $50,000 is available to qualified community groups.