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EPA to test drinking water for possible contamination

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GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Homeowners in a section of Gaston County are being urged to have their water tested for a harmful chemical.

Approximately 160 homes have received a notice from the EPA. The homes are located within a half-mile radius of Hemphill and Forbes Roads.

"I have a lot of questions going through my head right now," Linda Adams told WBTV.
 
Adams lives near the contaminated area.

"We are being told the water is toxic and everything else. I don't even know if my water is safe to drink," Adams said.

According to the EPA, during the 1950s, a site owner reportedly used a nearby parcel of land to recycle several thousand chemical drums.

An EPA report said the owner reportedly dumped drum residues onto the ground, then rinsed, burned and flattened the drums for sale as scrap metal.

Trichloroethene (TCE) was first discovered in 1988 in a private drinking water well near the site, an EPA spokesman said.

WEB EXTRA: EPA reported on the contaminated land, wells

In 1999, TCE was found in the nearby Kensington Estates community well. 

Following the discovery of contamination, the Kensington Estates well was taken offline and hooked up to the Amy Acres community well.

At the time of shutdown, the Kensington Estates well served 100 people.

Now, the EPA is encouraging homeowners who received a notice to allow EPA officials to test their private wells.

A community meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Ridge Baptist Church.

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