The Ohio EPA will install 12 monitoring wells around Ohio 4 and Keowee Street to test for TCE, or trichloroethylene, contamination recently discovered in the area. The contamination is not an immediate risk to Dayton’s drinking water supply, which is taken from wells in other sections of the city. The wells in this area are used to prevent flooding and empty into Great Miami and Mad rivers through the storm sewer system. The Great Miami River has already suffered mercury and PCB contamination, which has prompted fish advisories.
It is suspected that the contamination may have come from the Behr Dayton Thermal Plant site. The U.S. EPA is working on a cleanup plan of the Behr site, and EPA officials will sample groundwater at the site as the clean-up goes forward.
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