Hazardous chemical found in Blount County well water, cautionary advisory in place for certain areas

MARYVILLE, Tenn.  (WATE) – A cautionary advisory regarding potable use of well water has been issued for certain areas in Blount County.

City officials are advising residents to refrain from using well water after a sample within 350 feet of last week’s train derailment tested positive for detection of acrylonitrile.

This flammable and poisonous material was inside of the single-tank car that derailed and caught on fire July 2. This material is also used to make plastic.

Municipal water is still safe, according to city of Maryville officials.

County and city police officers are working to locate unidentified wells within the area to provide resources and answer questions residents may have, according to city officials.

The city of Maryville strongly encourages all residents with wells to allow officials to test the water.

There are currently 10 wells in the area. There have been no other indications of well water contamination, according to city officials.

Individuals requiring further information or instructions regarding well water testing should contact GHD – Environmental Consultants, which can be reached at (866) 812- 9565 or visit the Community Outreach Center at Heritage Middle School.

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