MAIN STREET GROUND WATER PLUME
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Announcements and Key Topics
Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) concentrations were found in nine ground water wells, which include two public supply wells and seven private water wells. Currently PCE contamination levels in drinking water wells are below the EPA Clean Water Act’s maximum contaminant levels (MCLs). Two wells exceeding MCLs are used for irrigation and livestock watering. EPA is presently conducting a remedial investigation to determine the source of the contamination and the extent of the ground water contaminant plume. City officials are notified whenever EPA is conducting investigative field activities.
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 Proposed Plan Meeting in Burnet to propose what it considers the most cost effective remedy; EPA accepts community comments on the proposes remedy 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.
Previous Public Participation Opportunities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 6, has hosted two community/informational meetings on February 18, 2016, and March 27, 2017, at the Burnet Community Center. The purpose of the meetings was to discuss the addition of the Main Street Ground Water Plume (site) to the National Priorities List (NPL), the EPA Superfund process and the planned remedial investigation activities. The NPL is EPA’s list of uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites identified for long-term cleanup under the federal Superfund program. Following the remedial investigation, EPA will conduct a Proposed Plan Meeting in Burnet to propose what it considers the most effective remedy; EPA accepts community comments on the proposes remedy prior to selecting a final remedy in the Record of Decision. The EPA has also attended two City Council meetings (May 9, 2017 and October 11, 2017) to present its path forward for the investigation and to receive access at specific City owned locations. City personnel are continually updated on the remedial investigation effort and progress. City personnel and the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District are an active part of and a valuable source of historic and present local information in this investigation.