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Groundwater pollution case pits Bethany against aerospace companies

A chemical known to cause liver problems and increase the risk of cancer in humans have been found in concentrations as high as eight times the federal limit in Bethany near Wiley Post Airport, according to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. 

Bethany water treatment plant at 8200 NW 50th St. in Bethany, Tuesday November, 21 2016. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Bethany water treatment plant at 8200 NW 50th St. in Bethany, Tuesday November, 21 2016. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

Now the city wants the companies to accept blame, according to a federal lawsuit. The companies blame the city's sewer system for the pollution. 

Tetrachoroethylene, also called TCE, was used to degrease metal aircraft parts at the old aerospace plant, The Oklahoman's Brianna Bailey reports. 

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Bethany water treatment plant at 8200 NW 50th St. in Bethany, Tuesday November, 21 2016. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Bethany water treatment plant at 8200 NW 50th St. in Bethany, Tuesday November, 21 2016. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

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Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›

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