Thursday, September 11, 2008

Toxic sites brought to surface in Albany, NY

September 2, 2008 - State environmental and health officials are looking into at least 24 sites in the Capital Region, where toxic vapors may be rising from underground pollutants previously considered contained. "Vapor intrusion" may be exposing people -- outdoors and indoors -- to carcinogens.

The potential trouble spots are among 421 that the state Department of Environmental Conservation had listed as inactive hazardous waste sites before 2003. Since then, studies have found that even though groundwater contamination and soil spills may have been controlled, pollutants can dissolve and emit toxic vapors that rise into living quarters, play areas and workplaces.

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