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Michigan neighborhood to get homes checked for toxic vapors

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PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon contact residents in a northern Michigan neighborhood who live near an underground chemical contamination site to get their homes checked for the presence of possible hazardous vapors.

The Petoskey News-Review reports that EPA officials hosted two public information sessions Monday to provide information on the effort. The department is working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.

Agency officials hope to gain access to homes in the area of the former Petoskey Manufacturing Co. site. They would be conducting sub-slab and indoor air testing to determine if potentially harmful gases may be moving up through the soil and into properties, otherwise known as "vapor intrusion."

Officials expect to begin testing in the next several weeks.

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