Paden City, West Virginia, added to EPA Superfund list

March 21, 2022 GMT

PADEN CITY, W.Va. (AP) — Federal environmental officials have added the groundwater in a West Virginia community along the Ohio River to a national cleanup priority list.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday placed Paden City’s groundwater on the list of Superfund cleanup sites, the EPA said in a news release.

Sites are added to the priority list when contamination poses significant human health and environmental risks. They are then eligible to receive federal funding for long-term cleanup projects.

Untreated groundwater collected in Paden City was discovered to contain the solvent tetrachloroethylene at levels higher than the federally allowed limit, the statement said.

Tetrachloroethylene is a harmful chemical widely used by dry cleaners. According to the EPA, tetrachloroethylene is a likely carcinogen and can harm an individual’s nervous system, liver, kidneys and reproductive system.

Paden City’s new water treatment plant debuted in May 2020. The drinking water currently meets state and federal standards, the statement said.