Homes in NJ town to be checked for chromium

September 19, 2008 2:45:34 PM PDT
The possibility of a cancer-causing chemical seeping into basements has prompted door-to-door inspectors in one New Jersey town.Beginning Saturday, federal inspectors will go to hundreds of homes in Garfield to determine which ones need to be tested for chromium. It is a process that could take months.

Authorities say 614 homes and businesses are potentially contaminated from chromium, which may have seeped into basements from polluted groundwater.

Agents from the EPA are expected to visit nearly every basement from Sherman Place, between Monroe Street and Van Winkle Avenue, to the Passaic River over the next few months, according to the Bergen Record. The newspaper reports they will continue every weeknight from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

One of the main questions officials are expected to ask residents and business owners is whether or not their basement has ever flooded. Melissa Dimas, an EPS spokeswoman, told the Record that the surveys will help determine which properties need to be tested.

Testing will begin once the surveys are complete.



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