MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) - The Environmental Protection Agency is looking into whether dangerous chemical vapors are seeping into homes near a contaminated industrial site in Muncie.
In June, the EPA began an "urgent cleanup" at a former metal plating factory at 401 E. Howard St., which officials say released dangerous chemicals into the soil and underground water supplies.
Cleanup crews at the federally-declared SuperFund site have already removed about 3,000 tons of contaminated soil and are working to replace it for future development.
"The chemicals that we found here, they can be pretty bad actors," said EPA On-Scene Coordinator Shelly Lam.
EPA officials will also monitor up to 50 nearby homes for vapor intrusion.
According to the EPA, vapor intrusion happens when chemicals in the underground water or soil give off dangerous gases that can seep into buildings through foundation cracks and holes, causing unsafe indoor air pollution.
Shelly Lam, EPA on-scene coordinator, said if excessive levels of pollution are discovered in homes, the EPA can install systems to remove it and prevent it in the future.
"I think something needs to be done about it as soon as possible," said Racquel Brown, whose grandmother lives a block from the site.
"I'd like to know what's in my air," said Earnestine Woods, another neighbor.
The EPA will hold a public meeting about the clean-up plan from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday night at the Maring-Hunt Library, 2005 S. High St., Muncie.
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