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Underground vapor testing expected in Wake Forest neighborhood

Posted October 12, 2012 3:56 p.m. EDT
Updated October 15, 2012 4:26 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Division of Waste Management plans to begin below-ground vapor testing of 14 homes near Wake Forest that have shown high levels of chemicals.

The homes, in the Stony Hill Road area, have tested positive for dangerous levels of TCE, a cancer-causing degreasing agent, in well water.

The tests will begin Monday and are expected to last about a week. Results are expected to take up to three weeks.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the Environmental Protection Agency is funding waterline extensions from three adjoining community water systems to provide clean water to the affected residents.

The lines should be complete early next year.

DENR officials say two small circuit board assembly companies that used to sit on property in the area are likely responsible for the contamination.