Owners investigating contamination at Freeman grain facility

Owners of the Freeman, Wash., grain handling facility, pictured March 30, 2015, are working to determine if soil contamination found in samples on the site is linked to groundwater contamination at a nearby school district, a Washington Department of Ecology official says.

The owners of a grain-handling facility that was named an EPA Superfund site last year for chemical contamination are working to find the source of the problem, a state official says.

Carbon tetrachloride and chloroform were found in soil samples collected at the Freeman, Wash., facility, owned by CHS Primeland and Union-Pacific Railroad. Samples from the nearby Freeman School District’s primary drinking water supply well included those chemicals at concentrations above the Safe Drinking Water Act’s maximum levels, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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