BNSF monitors new groundwater contamination in N. Havre
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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad has begun a project to prevent a contaminant found last summer in groundwater from reaching North Havre's drinking water.
Kate Fry of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality said today that vinyl chloride, a compound associated with chlorine solvents sometimes used by railroads, has been detected in the groundwater in North Havre at levels above Montana water quality standards. None has been found in sampled drinking water, she said.
"It is a concern," she said.
The DEQ standard for vinyl chloride states that 2 parts per billion or higher is una...