While the source of the contamination is unknown, in a fact sheet accompanying the release, the EPA said a manufacturer of truck, airplane, baby swings, car seats and high chair parts formerly on North Hampton Road in Donnelsville is a “possible source” of the contamination. The company has denied using the volatile organic compounds that the EPA had detected but in 2011 volunteered to pay for the installation of water treatment systems in the households affected by the contamination.
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Cleanup is believed to be an economic boon to communities selected. According to the EPA, 487 of 888 Superfund sites cleaned up for reuse supported 6,600 businesses in 2017. And academic research has demonstrated that such cleanups reduce birth defects within about a mile of such sites by as much as 25 percent.
Should Donnelsville be officially added to the National Priorities List, it will be eligible to receive federal funding for long-term cleanup. Sites are added to the list when contamination threatens health and the environment.
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Donnelsville was one of three sites that are being proposed for addition to the National Priorities List. The EPA also proposed adding a site in Puerto Rico and one in Grand Prairie, Texas. In addition, they officially added six sites to the National Priorities List Tuesday: One in Delaware, one in South Carolina, one in Indiana, one in Minnesota and one in Dallas, Texas and one in San Antonio, Texas.
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