Leitchfield residents concerned about possible groundwater contamination

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LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (WBKO) -- Several Leitchfield residents near Kelly, Floyd, and Kiper streets are trying to work together to find answers about possible groundwater contamination near their homes.

According to Caleb Faulkner, who lives with his family on Kelly Street, the issue is stemming from a nearby factory.

His home is not one of the ones that has been tested for any vapors or possible groundwater contamination, but he lives close enough to the affected homes to cause him to start researching the issue further.

13 News contacted the EPA about this and received a current factsheet. It's attached to the bottom of this story.

According to the information from the EPA, "The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is
working with Campbell Hausfeld to investigate the extent of
offsite groundwater contamination and to conduct a vapor
intrusion study at select homes close to the Campbell Hausfeld
facility in Leitchfield, Kentucky. This study is part of a
precautionary approach to protect public health and the
environment."

Documents show a town meeting was held in Leitchfield in November 2016, informing neighbors about the issues.

"The meeting that we had turned out pretty horrible," says Faulkner.
"There were a lot of people that were distraught, they wanted to know what was going on. It just seemed like there wasn't enough information given at that meeting from the people who are supposed to know what's going on," he added.

Faulkner says he's lived in his home for eight years.

"Nobody told me about that when I went to buy my home, and nobody told my neighbors. I've got several people around here that just got their homes before this meeting actually came up," Faulkner told 13 News.

Now, he's afraid to sell his house because of the possible contamination.

"I had the fullest intention when I moved here to fix my house and have it ready to be sold in just a few years. We've decided against it just because we wanted to do more and make the value a whole lot better, but with something like this happening, I don't feel like the value of my home is even there anymore," Faulkner added.

As a parent, he's even more concerned.

"I feel really bad about bringing my kids up right here. I really do. I feel like I've let them down as a parent by maybe not digging further before I ended up buying a house. It's my biggest concern right now to get us away from here," he added.

It's not the water that's his biggest stressor.

"The water in my house should be safe. But the biggest thing is intrusive vapors," he says.

The report from the EPA goes on to say, "Based on these results, EPA has determined that at this time there is no immediate threat to public health from vapor intrusion, but that additional investigations are needed. As a precaution, EPA has required Campbell Hausfeld to conduct additional outdoor air, indoor air, and crawlspace air sampling at the four homes previously sampled."



 
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