Sen. Tom Carper released a statement May 16 regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s addition of the Hockessin Groundwater Site to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites, making its cleanup eligible for federal financial assistance.

“EPA’s Superfund program helps protect communities from the toxic legacy of past contamination of our land and water. I am pleased that Hockessin’s groundwater site, as well as Newark’s south groundwater plume, have been placed on the Superfund Program’s National Priorities List. These sites are now eligible for the full suite of federal technical and financial resources that will be needed to clean up groundwater contamination and ensure that these communities are protected,” said Carper.

The Hockessin site comprises about 32 acres along Lancaster Pike, Route 41, through Hockessin, and encompasses businesses and commercial and residential properties. An assessment conducted by EPA and Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control identified considerable movement of tetrachloroethylene contamination in the groundwater in the village of Hockessin. PCE is a toxic chemical used in dry-cleaning and metal degreasing operations, exposure to which poses health risks.

EPA added the Newark South Groundwater Plume Site to the National Priorities List of Superfund Sites on Jan. 9.