LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is testing the air inside dozens of Los Angeles County homes near two of the nation’s worst chemical dumping sites.
The tests started last month were prompted by worries that the pollutants could be evaporating through the soil and into homes, putting residents at risk.
The Los Angeles Times reports Monday (https://lat.ms/1Ev9RE6 ) that residents and community activists pleaded with the EPA for years to test their homes for dangerous soil vapors.
Their demands came following numerous discoveries of contaminated soil and groundwater in the unincorporated community near Torrance. The area was declared an EPA Superfund site in 1996 following decades of chemical dumping at the former Montrose Chemical DDT plant and other facilities.
The EPA is testing for trichloroethylene, benzene and chlorobenzene.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/
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