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42 homes and business could be dealing with contaminated groundwater in Odessa

Environmental work site sign. (Source: KWES) Environmental work site sign. (Source: KWES)
ODESSA, TX (KWES) -

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency updated Ector County Commissioners on chromium contaminated groundwater.

The EPA says about 42 homes and business could be dealing with potential contaminated groundwater in the area of Brazos Street.

Chromium is ordorless and coloress, but it can be very harmful if it is used a drinking water.

The contamination was found in a well in 1978.

According to the EPA, chrome-plating operations in the 1960s and 1970s contaminated groundwater with hexavalent chromium. It was named a superfund site and efforts have been made to clean it up, but the EPA says some of it is moving slowly.

"The contamination is moving its really not at levels that are unsafe, but its getting close so we are proposing to provide a water line to ensure that they do not drink contaminated ground water," Carlos Sanchez with the EPA said. 

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