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At least five Greenpoint companies are accused of dumping toxic chemicals – and now neighborhood residents may be breathing dangerous vapors in their own homes.
It could be years before the giant underground “plume” filled with cancer-linked chemicals is cleaned up and the polluters forced to pay for it – if they ever are, officials conceded.
The chemicals, TCE and PCE – used in dry cleaning and metalworking and linked to birth defects and infertility – were found in soil and ground water under the tidy rowhouses and streets of the historically industrial neighborhood.
A 165-acre area and nearly 450 homes are being probed for contamination, officials said.
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