Exterior of Rickett's.

Homes near Rickett’s to get more EPA testing

BALLSTON SPA – Homes near the vacant Rickett’s dry-cleaning site will be getting a “vapor intrusion” test in the next few weeks by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

According to Village Mayor John Romano the tests are an expected follow-up, secondary tests to the ones completed last year. It’s a pre-cautionary step to ensure the original findings remain unchanged.

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“Consistent with the previous sampling effort, the process will include the installation of air-sampling equipment and the subsequent collection of air samples from beneath and within the structures. The same 15 chemicals of concern will be analyzed,” the EPA said in a statement, specifying the “primary chemicals” of “trichloroethene, tetrachloroethene, and vinyl chloride.”

The EPA indicated a total of 11 homes will be tested and the results provided directly to homeowners.

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