Officials Assessing Contaminated Soil near CHO, Walnut Hills

July 29, 2013

Federal regulators are assessing contaminants at the site of a former aircraft parts manufacturer near the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport.

Toxic chemical solvents have been found in soil and groundwater at the site, and in the Walnut Hills subdivision. Tetrachloroethlyne is a carcinogen.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans an 18-month investigation to determine the potential risk.

Avionics Specialties Inc. discovered the contamination in 2007 as it was preparing to close the plant and sell it. The company contacted homeowners in the subdivision and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

Ten homes in the subdivision were outfitted with carbon filters as a precaution.

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