EPA studies whether vapors moving from Muncie site

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will investigate whether chemical vapors are migrating from a Muncie Superfund site into as many as 50 nearby homes.

EPA's Superfund on-scene coordinator Shelly Lam tells The Star Press the year-long study is part of a $700,000 cleanup at the former Kiser Plating factory. It's located about a block from a YMCA, a fast-food restaurant and a health clinic.

The EPA has scheduled a public meeting to answer questions about the cleanup and the vapor study Wednesday evening at a library.

Lam says volatile vapors can migrate with ground water and can enter homes through porous or cracked foundations.

Kiser Corp. operated plating operations at the site from 1911 to 1999. A fire destroyed most buildings there in 2001.

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