Officials from the Hunt County, Texas, Office of Homeland Security have opened a criminal investigation after harmful chemicals were discovered at dangerous levels in water and soil samples taken last week near a self-storage facility southwest of Greenville, Texas. Chemicals include arsenic, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, selenium, silver and zinc, according to the source.
“The amount of certain elements exceed maximum levels for commercial soil limits by up to 1,356 percent,” county officials said in a press release.
Officials have not released the name of the self-storage facility, but it is reportedly near Interstate 30 and sits on a drainage ditch that empties into East Caddo Creek. The creek eventually drains into Lake Tawakoni.
Four test samples were taken, with three showing chemical levels high enough to warrant immediate cleanup. One positive sample came from standing water near a dumpster in close proximity to a storage unit. Another came from a pond southeast of the facility. The third was taken from East Caddo Creek, downstream from the facility, the source reported.