- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Environmental quality regulators in Wyoming say pollution levels have increased at a retired Atlas missile site east of Cheyenne.

Officials say high concentrations of trichloroethylene, a toxic chemical, are threatening residential water wells less than one mile from the area. They say proposals do not take into account the potential impact on the Ogallala Aquifer, which underlies more than a half dozen Plains states and is a major source of water for municipal, industrial and agricultural use.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://tinyurl.com/nlc3hyd ) experts hope to contain the contamination and keep it from spreading.

Officials say a proposed cleanup plan is in the final drafting stages and will not be available to the public until after a Nov. 6 meeting.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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