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Federal, State Officials Seek Source Of Va. Well Contamination

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Health officials in Virginia say an abandoned well in Louisa is contaminated with a potentially harmful chemical. Field tests of the town-owned Louisa Acme well reportedly uncovered high levels of the chemical tetra-chloro-ethylene.

The Daily Progress reports contamination prompted health officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Virginia Department of Health to test residential wells.

The unused well has been closed for more than 20 years. Louisa officials recently ordered the tests to determine whether it could be reactivated.

EPA officials say while the chemical hasn't been found in the town's water system, high concentrations of the substance have been found the the well water of two nearby homes.

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