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EPA: Contaminated water found in Rockford neighborhood


Contaminated groundwater is detected in a Rockford neighborhood, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is working to let residents know. 

The contamination effects people in the Green Meadows Estates of Rockford, which is formerly known as Gem Suburban Mobile Home Park. That's on the city's southwest side. The EPA says 970 people are supplied drinking water in that area. 

The EPA says the cancer-causing chemical known as trichloroethylene, or TCE, has been detected at the entry point to the neighborhood's water system. TCE is the same chemical that was found in Rockford's superfund site on the city's southeast side in the 1980s. 

The level at Green Meadow Estates does not exceed the Class I ground water quality standard, according to the EPA. However, under the Right to Know provision, residents must be contacted. 

If you live in that area, you should hear from the EPA by mail, email, text message or phone.

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