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EPA: PFC levels are safe after 2007 leak

The area potentially affected is Decatur, Lawrence County in the Trinity area, and part of Limestone County. The area potentially affected is Decatur, Lawrence County in the Trinity area, and part of Limestone County.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

The Environmental Protection Agency revealed the results of their investigation into a chemical spill.

The area potentially affected is Decatur, Lawrence County in the Trinity area, and part of Limestone County.

They presented their findings at a public meeting on Tuesday.

In 2007, a Decatur company accidentally leaked perflurochemicals, or PFCs, into the city's sewage system.

At that time, Decatur Utilities distributed sewage sludge called biosolids for fertilizer. The concern is contamination of the soil and water supply.

The EPA said they found the PFC levels are safe.

"We've done a lot of testing of soils. We've tested the groundwater and we've done testing of the drinking water. We've found the level in the soils is not above our screening value for a value that we would consider to be a health risk," said Gail Mitchell with the EPA.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry took blood samples from dozens of residents. They found higher PFC levels in some of them, but officials said there is no way right now to determine if the chemicals caused health problems.

"At this time, the scientific evidence does not provide us enough information to say specifically if there are diseases that are directly connected to PFC's at whatever level, whether they're elevated or not," said Bruce Tierney with the ATSDR.

Tommy Lindsey and his wife had their blood tested for the investigation. They said they have uncontrollable high cholesterol and other health issues they think is connected to PFCs.

"They either need to take that stuff out of the ground or give us some compensation for it," Lindsey said.

The EPA said they did find elevated PFC levels in well water.

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