Dangerously High Chemical Levels Reported In Hunt Co.

HUNT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Dangerous levels of chemicals found in water and soil samples have led to a criminal investigation in Hunt County.

Officers from the Hunt County Office of Homeland Security tested soil near a self-storage facility southwest of Greenville on Thursday and found high levels of multiple chemicals.

Those chemical include arsenic, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, selenium, silver and zinc.

“The amount of certain elements exceed maximum levels for commercial soil limits by up to 1,356%,” a press release reads.

The name of the self-storage company has not been released, but is said to be located off I-30 and sits on a drainage ditch.

The drainage ditch leads to the East Caddo Creek, which eventually drains into Lake Tawakoni. This prompted officers to test nearby water for the chemicals.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality assisted in this second sample gathering.

Of four samples taken, three showed high levels of chemicals that need to be cleanup immediately.

One sample came from standing water near a dumpster near a storage unit. Another came from a pond to the southeast of the facility. The third was taken out of the East Caddo Creek, downstream from the facility.

CBS 11 will post updates to this story as details unfold.

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