NEVADA, Iowa — A leaking underground storage tank is contaminating the soil and groundwater in Nevada. The tank sits under a now-closed Dairy Queen on Lincoln Way.
The restaurant was once a gas station but the tank was never removed.
According to the Ames Tribune, it is now leaking two toxic chemicals. Tests showed one of the chemicals is six times higher than maximum allowable levels. The other was five times higher.
While both chemicals are known to cause cancer, the homeowner living closest to the leak isn’t concerned.
Jody Posegate told Channel 13 the leak has only extended into a small portion of her driveway. She said tests of her basement and drinking water were negative for the chemicals.
The Story County Board of Supervisors is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on the problem.
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