News Release 262

Public meeting scheduled May 25 to discuss TCE found in Rogersville water wells

Volume 38-262 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 30, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting on May 25 to discuss the inquiry results of trichloroethylene, or TCE, found in water wells in the Rogersville area.

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 25 at the Church of Christ’s auditorium, 109 North Harper Drive in Rogersville.  The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. to allow the public an opportunity to ask questions one-on-one of staff from the departments of Natural Resources and Health and Senior Services, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Greene County Resource Management Department’s Environmental Section. Formal presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m.              

The department continues to resample wells in the area as well as sample additional wells.  Recent test results from two additional wells and a spring revealed one well with no detection of TCE, and one well and the spring with a detection; however, both are below the federal drinking water standard.

To date, the department has collected samples from 63 wells to date and found 12 wells with TCE present.  Of the 12 wells, five wells have TCE levels in excess of the federal drinking water standards; however, one of those wells is not used as a drinking water source.  The wells are generally located south of Hwy. 60, west of S Farm Road 253, east of S Farm Road 241 and north of the E. Blueberry Lane alignment.

Those residents have been notified.

The department will continue to work with the city of Rogersville, county officials in both Webster and Greene counties and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to understand better the extent of TCE in the western Rogersville area groundwater.

The department’s inquiry started when a small cluster of wells near Compass Plaza, a commercial area on Rogersville’s western edge showed detects for TCE. The department continues to monitor the drinking water at the Logan-Rogersville primary, middle and high schools and Rogersville’s two municipal wells. To date, none of these wells have shown TCE contamination.

Trichloroethylene is a nonflammable colorless liquid used mainly as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts, but it is also an ingredient in adhesives, paint removers, typewriter correction fluids and spot removers. In concentrated form it has a somewhat sweet odor and a sweet, burning taste, but it would be unlikely that such characteristics would be noticed in water with TCE contamination. Long-term exposure to low levels of TCE may increase the risk of certain health effects.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is addressing any health concerns for residents whose well water has shown TCE contamination.

Residences who want their well tested, have questions about the inquiry, or need to make arrangements for special services at the meeting, should contact Pia Capell at 573-751-2115 or Julieann Warren with the Department of Natural Resources at 573-751-1087. Hearing-impaired individuals may contact the program through Relay Missouri at 800-735-2966. For more information on the inquiry, visit the department’s website at