The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it began installing six groundwater monitoring wells at the Kokomo Contaminated Groundwater Plume Superfund site.
The site is contaminated with arsenic, vinyl chloride and other toxic chlorinated solvents, which have impacted several of the city of Kokomo’s municipal water wells.
The monitoring wells will be installed on Sycamore Street and at the intersection of Markland Avenue and South Calumet Street. They will be used to define the extent of the groundwater plume and the location of more monitoring wells that will be installed in 2021.
Contaminants were found at the site in 2007, but it was only added to the National Priorities List in 2016. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management identified 14 handlers of chlorinated solvents in the area but has not found the exact origin of the contamination.