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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Traces of chemicals used to clean
aircraft parts were found underneath homes north of the Wyoming Air
National Guard facility here, but experts say the chemicals pose
little or no danger to people living in the area.
The Air National Guard started drilling monitoring wells in August
in three Cheyenne neighborhoods to determine whether the chemical
solvents used at the base in the 1960s and '70s have contaminated
soil or groundwater.
At a meeting held recently at Laramie County Community College,
Guard, EPA and Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality officials
told residents chemical levels are in excess of drinking water
standards but aren't harmful.
The Guard plans to test for vapors in the basements of residents'
homes this summer.
The Guard has spent over $5 million testing and cleaning up
contamination at the airport over the last 15 years, said Dennis
McDonald, environmental analyst for the Air National Guard.
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