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Pilot study to treat groundwater toxins completed in Franklin

Last October, the EPA took steps to neutralize cancer-causing toxins like TCE in two test locations.

FRANKLIN, Ind. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says a pilot study in Franklin has reduced levels of toxic chemicals in the groundwater there.

The agency must now determine whether that treatment will be part of its full-scale cleanup plan.

Last October, the EPA took steps to neutralize cancer-causing toxins like TCE in two test locations near the old Amphenol site, where toxins had migrated from the property and into a nearby neighborhood.

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Lab results now show no detections of TCE near the Hamilton Avenue site, while smaller amounts were found in a trench along North Forsythe. Sewer lines were also replaced on Forsythe, making it unclear whether the treatment or the new lines actually led to the decrease of volatile organic chemicals..

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A monitoring well in Franklin.

The EPA will continue to study the area and devise a community-wide cleanup plan for several contaminated sites.

The public will get a chance to comment before a final decision is made.