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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.

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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.


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