We take our commitments and responsibilities for compliance with state and federal health, safety, and environmental requirements seriously.
A comprehensive environmental assessment, monitoring, testing, and remediation program is currently underway at our site in Pineville, Louisiana, to address chlorinated solvents found in soil at the site and in groundwater under and adjacent to the facility. In May 2021, chlorinated solvents were also detected in surface water present in certain drainage features, including along a portion of Austin Drive to the southeast and in an area adjacent to the Dresser facility to the southwest. Dresser project representatives are engaged regularly with local residents, and we are working in close coordination with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regarding the environmental remediation activities being conducted. We are also working closely with local officials.
As a team, we are committed to working in full coordination with appropriate agencies to inform and engage residents about our progress and to take proactive steps to meet state and federal requirements to ensure the health and safety of residents possibly affected by constituents released from the site.
Extensive soil, groundwater, and soil gas investigations have taken place since determining that a historical release of chlorinated solvents had affected the soil and groundwater. These chlorinated chemicals, including TCE, were used in the former manufacturing process at the Dresser site. Affected groundwater has migrated beyond the Dresser facility boundaries into areas north, south, and east of the facility.
Groundwater monitoring wells and soil vapor monitoring points have been installed in specific areas and hundreds of groundwater, soil, and soil gas samples have been collected. Monitoring wells provide information necessary to track the direction and extent of affected groundwater. Monitoring will continue for as long as necessary.
The data we obtain and analyze provides insights and drives decisions regarding the next steps in the investigation.
If chlorinated chemicals of interest are detected in the groundwater below a residential area, the LDEQ is promptly notified. The concentrations in groundwater and soil gas are evaluated in coordination with LDEQ and, depending on these levels, residents are notified in order to obtain access to conduct indoor air sampling tests.
LDEQ has approved our selection process to determine which residences are included in the indoor air sampling program. The sampling and testing process for indoor air monitoring to determine if vapor intrusion is occurring has also been approved by LDEQ.
We believe in meeting with each resident in person or by phone to discuss the testing process and subsequent results, as well as to respond to questions. These results are also shared via letters provided by Dresser.