- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Fayetteville officials say traces of an industrial chemical are showing up in the city’s tap water and they are looking for the source.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (https://bit.ly/1voS0LW ) that the chemical has been classified as likely to cause cancer in humans but only when large amounts are ingested over long periods of time.

Officials say the Fayetteville water is safe to drink. But they want to find the source of the chemical in the Cape Fear River and eliminate it from the drinking water supply.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency required municipalities to start testing for the man-made chemical two years ago.

The chemical is called 1,4-dioxane and is used in such things as paint strippers, varnishes and dyes and even in cosmetics and shampoos.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com

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