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Legislation could soon help prevent water contamination

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Legislation could soon be introduced after a WNCN investigation revealed dozens of Wake Forest residents were drinking water contaminated with the cancer causing chemical, trichloroethylene (TCE).

In October 2011, WNCN revealed how the state failed to warn residents in harm's way and how the contamination is widespread. There are thousands of sites across the state where people could be unknowingly drinking contaminated groundwater, WNCN revealed.

During the initial investigation, WNCN talked to numerous families with contamination who had the standard well test performed by the county during the well-permitting process. Residents said the test results came back clean and they assumed that was sufficient. However, those well owners were unaware that the basic well test performed by counties, health departments and private companies do not test for many dangerous chemicals, including TCE.  

No legislation has been introduced yet but the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) tells WNCN the Department is working on a draft and hopes to have legislation introduced this session.

In an earlier interview, DENR Secretary John Skvarla talked about the importance of disclosing all of the levels of testing that are available for private wells.

That way, well owners will be able to make educated decisions about whether to pursue additional testing, which generally costs about $100.

 

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