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Testing begins after brown spots appear in 2 Florida cities

Posted April 19

— The state Department of Environmental Protection is looking into complaints about brown spots that are speckling cars, boats, air-conditioning units and other objects in a couple of small Florida Panhandle cities.

Dozens of people complained to city officials since April 12, prompting them to ask the environmental agency to investigate.

Agency spokeswoman Brandy Smith says investigators have visited some of the larger nearby industrial facilities, but didn't find a potential source for the spots. Smith says samples taken are inconclusive, so they're doing further analysis in a Tallahassee lab.

Charles Lewis tells The News Herald (http://bit.ly/2on5bv0 ) the spots went through the clear top coat on the hood of his new silver SUV and won't come off.

Springfield Mayor Ralph Hammond says so far no one has reported health issues

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