Superfund Site Profile
The Zanesville Well Field site is located on the banks of the Muskingum River in the center of Zanesville, Ohio. The property on the west side of the bank had been used for manufacturing purposes since 1893, when American Encaustic Tiling Company was a ceramic products manufacturer. United Technologies Automotive was the source of the contamination and retained the liability for the site. Unknown waste storage and disposal practices occurred. Filling in of a well in the 1970s used rubble from the demolition of the well pump house along with some 120 steel drums. The drums contained trichloroethylene-based solvents. TCE is a chemical commonly used as a solvent and in pharmaceuticals. It can be toxic to humans. Remaining fragments of these drums and debris were removed and the well was closed in 1983. Following cleanup, operation and maintenance activities are ongoing.