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The Pike and Mulberry Streets PCE plume site is located in Martinsville, Indiana. There are several possible sources of contamination, including Master Wear, a commercial and institutional dry cleaning and laundry operation formerly operating at 28 N. Main St. The 38-acre groundwater plume is contaminated with chlorinated solvents, primarily tetrachloroethylene (often referred to as PCE), and has affected one of Martinsville’s municipal drinking water wells. The well field serves about 15,000 people. Martinsville has operated an activated carbon filtration system since 2005 to remove PCE from its water. However, monitoring has shown that PCE levels continue to increase.

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What Has Been Done to Clean Up the Site?

The site is being addressed through federal and state actions.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in May 2013. Adding the site to the NPL enables EPA to study site conditions further, identify possible sources of the contamination and develop a comprehensive strategy to address all locations and sources of the contamination.

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