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Officials call to attention potential chrome contamination in Cross Creek Township

Jefferson County officials are calling attention to a potential chrome contamination of the water table in Cross Creek Township.

Jefferson County officials are calling attention to a potential chrome contamination of the water table in Cross Creek Township.

One of the Jefferson County commissioners said closer examination and testing should be done in the creeks along County Road 74.

This concern of potential pollutants has to do with the abandoned Satralloy plant. NEWS9 spoke to neighbors who live in the area and most said they've already taken precautions against what they say is a worrisome situation.

In the remote areas along County Road 74, there is peace and quiet. That's because not many people live in the shadow of the abandoned Satralloy plant. Three-hundred-thirty-four acres that have been isolated for cleanup and reclamation. Those who do live near it want to know what's going on in the water. Some residents don't even drink their well water.

"I wouldn't trust it. We get our water transported,” said resident Michael Black.

What could be happening at Cross Creek? What is potentially evaporating and raining back down into the water table?

"The old Satralloy site is leaching very large amounts of hexavalent chrome into Cross Creek and hexavalent chrome is a known carcinogen, a highly carcinogenic substance,” said Jefferson County Commissioner Tom Gentile.

Hexavalent chromium, or chrome 6, is the pollutant brought into the public consciousness by Erin Brockovich. A 2010 Ohio EPA study was updated in 2013 on the Cross Creek water table.

Based on that data, Ohio EPA officials sent a statement: "Satralloy is under a long-term cleanup. Much has been done to protect public health from runoff of chrome waste into storm water… our scientists have determined that… restricting public access (to the waterways)... is not needed to protect their health."

However, local officials and neighbors along County Road 74 want more information.

"We definitely need something done with this so people can feel safe drinking the water and bathing in it, so I would definitely recommend checking into it and taking care of it for everyone in the Valley,” Black said.

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