Posted: Aug 28, 2013 12:12 AM by Keele Smith - MTN News
Updated: Aug 28, 2013 12:13 AM
Residents in the Bridger Creek Subdivision got official answers on Tuesday about toxic chemicals seeping into their land and homes from the former city landfill.
Homeowners in this neighborhood are concerned about the safety of living in their homes.
One lady said, "If there's not health risks to people or children, why are these studies out there and why would my doctor recommend to keep the house ventilated?"
Another homeowner, a gentleman, said, "The only solution in my opinion to try and recover some of this property value is to go to source."
Health risks and loss of property value are just two of the concerns Bridger Creek residents have with toxic chemicals seeping into their land and homes.
Officials confirmed that 25 of 26 homes in phase three of Bridger Creek tested positive for volatile organic compounds or VOC's.
The subdivision is located beside the former city landfill, which is the source of soil contamination in the neighborhood.
Public Engineer, Peter Rich said, "Your houses are acting as caps to not allow the soil gases to fan out of the soil naturally."
Scientists will now look at the soil beneath the homes to determine if it is the source of the VOC's existing in the homes.
The project is expected to cost millions of dollars and the Mayor said the city will be footing the bill.
Bozeman's Mayor Sean Becker said, "If we find that there is a sub-slab gas, we are going to fix it and we are going to pay for it. And we are going to monitor it and make sure the air quality inside your homes is not adversely impacted because you live next to a retired landfill."
City officials said they are ready to put mitigation systems in place as soon as the second set of test results are in.
Officials also want to study phase two of the subdivision. They will be installing three groundwater monitoring wells to collect and study data.