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EPA proposes adding Valley Pike site in Riverside to Superfund cleanup list

Contact Information: 
Francisco Arcaute (arcaute.francisco@epa.gov)
312-886-7613, 312-898-2042

For Immediate Release No. 16-OPA008

EPA proposes adding Valley Pike site in Riverside to Superfund cleanup list

CHICAGO (April 6, 2016) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed adding a site known as Valley Pike VOCs in Riverside, Ohio, to the National Priorities List. The NPL is EPA's list of Superfund sites. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country.

Valley Pike VOCs is a mixed industrial and residential site where groundwater -- contaminated with tetrachloroethylene, or PCE, and trichloroethylene, or TCE -- was discovered in 2013. EPA is working with the State of Ohio to resolve issues which can occur when vapors from pollutants rise up from the soil and enter buildings. This can cause indoor air pollution, which can be harmful. So far, about 400 residences have been tested for vapor intrusion.

For more information on the Valley Pike VOCs site NPL proposal, contact Patrick Hamblin, 312-886-6312, hamblin.patrick@epa.gov. For information regarding recent vapor intrusion cleanups, contact Sonia Vega, 630-481-5025, vega.sonia@epa.gov.

Information about proposed and final NPL sites is available on EPA's website: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/current-npl-updates-new-proposed-npl-sites-and-new-npl-sites.