• Volatile Organic Ground Water Contamination in the Tucson Airport Super Fund Area, Tucson, Arizona

      Eberhardt, Sandra; Beilke, Pamela; Angell, James; Arizona Department of Health Services (Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, 1983-04-16)
      The Tucson Airport Super Fund Area is currently being investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Arizona Dept. of Health Services, the City of Tucson and the Arizona Dept. of Water Resources for volatile organics and heavy metal ground water contamination. The volatile organics include trichloroethylene (TCE), trichloroethane (TCA), dichloroethylene (DCE) and heavy metals, primarily chromium. The area is defined as north of Los Reales Rd. to distinguish this contamination from the US Air Force Plant No. 44 contamination south of Los Reales Rd. The investigation includes defining the hydrogeology, the extent of ground water contamination and potential contamination sources. The aquifer being contaminated is located in the Upper Santa Cruz Basin and is the principal source of domestic water for the City of Tucson. The area of concern currently contains 177 water wells; 24 of these wells are contaminated with TCE concentrations ranging from 5 ug /1 to greater than 400 ug /l. This includes 6 City of Tucson public supply wells. There are currently 6 potential contamination sources being investigated. The first phase of Super Fund will enable the State and City governments to collect and analyze data which will be used for remedial action.