Wade Rawlins of The (Raleigh/Durham) News & Observer reports on toxic chemicals that have been contaminating local water sources for the last 15 years. "Ward Transformer spilled thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals on its 11 acres at the edge of Raleigh-Durham International Airport." Investigators knew in 1978 and 1979 of the high levels of contamination, but have done nothing to clean it up, documents show.
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