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Public Comments Sought on Health Consultation for Elm Street Groundwater Contamination Site

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2008

Public comments accepted through May 5

ATLANTA - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is seeking public comments on their health consultation for the Elm Street Groundwater Contamination Site in Terre Haute. The health consultation found that the contaminated water from the site poses no apparent public health hazard since the blending and treatment of drinking water by the Indiana American Water Company (IAWC) has lessened the contamination to levels below a health concern.

The groundwater near the site contains low concentrations of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The vertical wells that provide groundwater to the municipal water supply are contaminated with chlorinated solvents tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), and 1, 1, 1-trichloroethane (1, 1, 1-TCA). Three industrial sites that are located to the east of the IAWC facility are possible sources of the groundwater contamination. Currently, most of the municipal water is being supplied by the radial collector, which, except on rare occasions, contains no detectable levels of contamination.

The health consultation contains the following recommendations:

Residents are encouraged to read the health consultation and make comments during the month-long public comment period. A copy of the health consultation is located at:

Vigo County Public Library
One Library Square
Terre Haute, IN 47807

ATSDR will accept comments on the health consultation through May 5. Comments received during the public comment period will be logged in to the ATSDR administrative record for this Health consultation. Comments received, and ATSDR’s responses to the comments, will appear in the final health consultation. Comments on the health consultation must be made in writing. Mail comments to:

Records Center, ATSDR
ATTN: Elm Street Groundwater Contamination Site
1600 Clifton Road, N.E. MS F-09
Atlanta, GA 30333

Community members who need additional information about the health consultation can contact Laura Frazier, Health Assessor, at 770-488-0721 or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

ATSDR, a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, evaluates the human health effects of exposure to hazardous substances.


Members of the news media can request an interview by calling the NCEH/ATSDR Office of Communication at 770-488-0700.

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Updated April 4, 2008
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