EVESHAM, N.J. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed plan to clean up soil at the Ellis Property Superfund site in Evesham Township, N.J. that is contaminated with tetrachloroethylene and other volatile organic compounds that are polluting groundwater underlying the site, according to a press release.
While the contaminated groundwater is not currently being used as a source of drinking water, groundwater at the site has historically served as a drinking water source and a source for irrigation of farmland nearby.
Exposure to tetrachloroethylene can have serious health impacts, including liver damage and increased risk of cancer, noted the release.
The EPA will hold a public meeting to explain the proposed plan and receive comments from the public on July 24, 2013.
"Clean drinking water is a top priority for the EPA. By reducing toxic chemicals in the soil, the EPA will be protecting people’s health and the environment by preventing these chemicals from polluting ground water," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “This plan ensures a thorough cleanup. The EPA encourages public input on the proposed plan."
Read the entire press release here.