Toxic chemicals found near shuttered army base in Atlanta

by Emily Himes

Some homes near Fort Gillem, south of Atlanta, are accumulating toxic vapor, which could have been caused by Carcinogens that were dumped at the base more than 10 years ago may have migrated into the air these people breathe. Carcinogens are substances capable of causing cancer in living tissue.


26 out of 29 houses sampled contain dangerous chemicals in the air, and many of them are hazardous to the residents’ health. Affected homeowners will be notified soon by the Army officials, and they will also install ventilation systems.

Nathan Deal, the Georgia governor, said that the level of contamination in the air was “significantly greater than originally anticipated.” He has been encouraging the military to quickly test all the homes and to install ventilation in the ones that need it.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has categorized both chemicals, benzene and trichloroethylene (TCE) as carcinogens.

Source: Miami Herald,

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