Tuesday, October 14, 2008

North Carolina peach orchards land contaminated

September 20, 2008 - Millions of years after ancient oceans receded, the rolling dunes called the Sandhills offered well-drained soil and frost protection for what would become North Carolina's peach belt.

Many of those orchards have faded away, but their legacy haunts the people who claim the sandy soil. Their groundwater is contaminated by pesticides that may cause cancer.

Tests have found 117 tainted wells in Montgomery, Richmond and Moore counties in the past year, 77 of those at unsafe levels. The number continues to grow as alarmed residents have their water analyzed.

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