LENAXA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) has announced an order to protect homes in Washington,
Missouri, from potentially harmful chemical vapors in groundwater near the
Sporlan Valve Plant 1 Superfund site.
The Sporlan Valve site includes a vacant lot at 611 E. 7th
Street in Lenaxa. At this location, a manufacturing facility previously existed that
developed refrigeration valve parts. The site was operational between 1939 and
2011. Polluted groundwater from the site has the potential to affect nearby areas.
In an effort to protect nearby residents, the EPA announced an
order to SV Land LLC, the owner of the former manufacturing property. The deal
requires SV Land to design, install and confirm the effectiveness of vapor
mitigation systems in as many as 25 homes in the nearby area.
The EPA has met with the owners of potentially affected properties.
All work will be done at no cost to them. The EPA has also scheduled a public
meeting to share information about the site and the EPA’s plans. The meeting
will take place 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Washington City Council
Chambers, 405 Jefferson Street, Washington, Missouri, 63090.