Test results show signs of arsenic on school property

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Tests were done on the soil and groundwater near Castle Hayne Elementary and Holly Shelter Middle schools, which were both built near an EPA superfund site.

A company called ECS Carolinas did the testing for the school system, after many parents expressed concerns about the schools being located close to an EPA superfund site.

They took water and soil samples from multiple places on the school property.

Officials had reportedly cleaned up the area, but test results show concentrations of arsenic that exceed the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Standards.

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Two of the samples that tested for high arsenic levels are just outside the building for Castle Hayne Elementary.

Some parents say they have been worried about the school's location since it opened.

"You're talking about a piece of property that lies on the cusp of a superfund site that's been spit-shined and polished to you know, support schools where children's lives are going to be lived," said Laura Parks.

The property is next door to the former Reasor Chemical Company, and was designated a superfund site in 2002 after the government found contamination in the water and soil.

Crews cleaned the area and environmental officials said it was okay for use in 2007.

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