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.


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