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Dickson Tennessee

Dickson, TN

The City of Dickson, Dickson County, Tennessee, and the surrounding area contains numerous manufacturers, some of which have been in operation for 30 years or more. Printing, boat building, and metal fabrication industries have historically been prevalent in the area. Each of these industries used, and continues to use, various types of industrial solvents. A number of these types of facilities in Dickson County have had documented releases of such chemicals to the environment. In addition to the presence

of manufacturing facilities, the City of Dickson and Dickson County operated a Class I landfill (Dickson County Landfill) that reportedly received industrial wastes, including solvents. A municipal well field located adjacent to the landfill has been contaminated with trichloroethene (TCE). Investigations by state and federal agencies have been performed in an effort to link the landfill with documented TCE contamination in both private water supplies and the municipal water system.

Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the number of Dickson County birth defects is greater than Tennessee and national averages, without an explanation of the cause. Between 1997 and 2000, 18 families in Dickson County were identified as having cases of orofacial cleft birth defects.

VOCs have been detected in private residential wells, as well as one spring, and one municipal water supply well (well DK-21) that has been used by the City of Dickson for its potable water supply. The results of groundwater sampling and analysis for private residential wells and springs indicated the presence of one or more VOCs, including trichloroethene (TCE) and cis-1, 2-dichloroethene (DCE). A review of the DWS database indicated that 274 (82%) of the 334 registered wells on the Dickson Quadrangle were reportedly used for residential purposes

 

SUMMARY OF TCE AND DCE RESULTS, SPRINGS AND PRIVATE WATER

SUPPLIES

DICKSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE

                                                                       

Residence/ Water Supply

Date

TCE (ug/L)

DCE (ug/L)

L. Gorley/ private well

October 25, 2000

0.6

BDL

L. Gorley/ private well

October 31, 2000

0.5J

BDL

H. Holt/private well

October 12, 1988

3.5

BDL

H. Holt/ private well

January 28, 1990

26.0

BDL

H. Holt/private well

August 17, 1990

3.9

BDL

H. Holt/ private well

August 23, 1991

3.7

BDL

H. Holt/private well

October 9, 2000

120.0

6.6

H. Holt/private well

October 25, 2000

145.0

8.6

H. Holt/private well

January 2001

64.0

2.9

H. Holt/private well

October 2001

160.0

2.0

H. Holt/private well

May 2002

34.0

1.0

H. Holt/private well

April 2003

16.0

1.1

L. Holt/private well

October 25, 2000

0.2 J

BDL

L. Holt/private well

October 2001

BDL

BDL

L. Holt/private well

May 2002

BDL

BDL

L. Holt/private well

October 2002

BDL

BDL

L. Holt/private well

April 2003

BDL

BDL

R. Holt/private well

November 2000

5.0

BDL

R. Holt/private well

January 2001

8.0

BDL

R. Holt/private well

October 2001

3.0

2.2

R.Holt/private well

May 2002

2.0

BDL

R. Holt/private well

October 2002

2.0

BDL

R. Holt/private well

April 2003

9.0

1.4

Sullivan Spring

March 5, 1994

18.0

5.0

Sullivan Spring

June, 25, 1994

83.0

19.0

Sullivan Spring

September 1, 1994

59.0

9.8

Sullivan Spring

September 28, 1994

84.0

17.0

Sullivan Spring

May 22, 1995

31.0

6.8

Sullivan Spring

August 19, 1996

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Sullivan Spring

December 3, 1996

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Sullivan Spring

May 14, 1997

230.0

31.0

Sullivan Spring

August 26, 1999

160.0

39.0

Sullivan Spring

September 20, 2000

16.0

25.0

Sullivan Spring

May 2002

23.0

1.0

Sullivan Spring

November 2002

110.0

26.0

Sullivan Spring

April 2003

130.0

34.0

The Limit for 1,1,1TCE is 1.2ug/L

1.1,2 TCE is 5.2ug/L

 

 

 

 

 

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