The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

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May 26, 2014

City, County to meet about dump site

GREENVILLE — City and county officials are planning this week to discuss the ramifications of the alleged illegal dumping of hazardous materials near Greenville.

The Greenville City Council and the Hunt County Commissioners Court both have items on the agendas for their meetings Tuesday concerning metal levels on Lake Tawakoni, which may be related to the site which is under investigation.

The commissioners intend to meet with County Civil Attorney Daniel Ray during the regular agenda, starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday inside the Auxiliary Courtroom, 2700 Johnson Street in Greenville. Ray is scheduled to convene with the commissioners about metal levels on Lake Tawakoni during an executive session, and also is planning to ask for emergency testing expenses related to the waste site.

Ray, who also serves as the Greenville City Attorney, also is scheduled to meet with the council in executive session about metal levels on Lake Tawakoni as part of Tuesday’s regular agenda, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street.

The Hunt County Office of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, are investigating the contamination at the site on Interstate 30 southwest of Greenville as a criminal act.

Following original test results that indicated high levels of toxic elements like arsenic, cadmium and chromium at the original site, the joint task force ordered further testing at nearby water sources.

Four samples were taken at nearby water sources, and three of them show high levels of elements, including arsenic, that will require immediate clean-up.

Two 25-foot wells will continue to monitor ground water at three different levels and a chemist hired by the county will review the well results for the near future. Further tests, conducted about a mile down river from the site revealed toxicity levels barely below the maximum allowed.

But as of last week, there was no indication that the illegal dumping had affected drinking water in Lake Tawakoni.

Herald-Banner editor Caleb Slinkard contributed to this report.

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