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NH school being tested for carcinogen

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Health concerns at the middle school in Hanover, N.H.

The school was notified two and half weeks ago of trichloroethylene vapors in the air that may have migrated from the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory across the street.

CRREL has been treating soil on the property for decades because of an accidental release of the carcinogen known as TCE. It was recently detected in the air near the school, so the Army Corps of Engineers notified officials at the middle school.

No chemicals have yet been found.

"We will continue to do more testing in and around the school, and then in addition to that, we will be doing testing in the ground to see if indeed the chemical has migrated and is it at various substrata of the soil," School Superintendent Frank Bass said.

"As far as we are concerned we are in good shape. As Doctor Bass acknowledged, we will continue to test this in different parts of the soil, but right now we feel very confident that the kids and the staff are safe," said Jim Nourse, the principal at the middle school.

School officials say the school's air filtration system will be able to mitigate any problems if they're found.

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