Report: Contamination level up at Census facility

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A quarterly report from the Indiana Department for Environmental Management shows water contamination levels where more than 1,250 people work at a U.S. Census Bureau facility have increased above federal limits.

The Courier-Journal reports the level of tetrachloroethylene, most commonly used in dry cleaning, spiked to 8 parts per billion in July, well above the 5 ppb limit listed as the federal maximum contaminant level. It was 5.5 ppb in April.

A Sept. 10 report from Illinois-based Environmental Consulting Group Inc. shows much higher levels — up to 870 ppb — in a groundwater-monitoring well installed last year.

Since the state ordered the Census Bureau to correct its contaminated water supply last year, it started a transition to Indiana American Water Co. supply lines from its current well. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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