WPR News
8:37 pm
Mon July 27, 2009

State wants Cheyenne contamination cleaned up

Cheyenne, Wy – State and local officials are holding a public meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) on groundwater contamination near Cheyenne. Jane Francis with the state Department of Environmental Quality says during the Cold War in the 1960s, employees at missile sites in Laramie County dumped an industrial solvent and possible carcinogen called trichloroethylene on the ground. It has since spread out about ten miles and invaded municipal and private water wells. Francis says the state wants the federal government to clean it up.
"We would like to see the source area cleaned up so the contamination stops bleeding out and going downhill to the municipal wells. But what's more important right off the bat is to put in a containment line to protect the municipal wells and to protect the domestic wells."
The Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing the situation. Francis says the Corps is also testing private wells and installing filters where chemical levels are dangerous. The state will have an update atTuesday's meeting. It starts at 6p.m. in the Laramie County Library.