Cancer-causing chemical discovered in Virginia groundwater

Jan. 10, 2014

SANDSTON, Va. — The EPA is investigating a report of tetrachloroethylene found in groundwater.

SANDSTON, Va. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating the groundwater in Henrico County after tetrachloroethylene was discovered in groundwater by a building contractor, according to an article on

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EPA officials have been visiting residents door to door asking for water samples, the article reported.

Tetrachloroethylene is a suspected carcinogen found in dry cleaning chemicals, noted the article.

“Groundwater typically moves very slowly, so it could of been a situation that happened years ago,” Bill Hayden, a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality representative, said.

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Residents near the contamination are actually supplied by county water and not well water, but officials are concerned about evaporation of the contaminated water into homes.

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