by Lisa Sorg
Federal and state environmental officials will hold a public meeting tonight about an area of suspected water contamination in Wake Forest.
The meeting, hosted by the EPA and N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, is scheduled for 6—8 p.m. at the Stony Hill Fire Department, 7045 Stony Hill Road, in Wake Forest.
The discussion is expected to focus on the construction of new water service lines and the clean up of the chemical TCE at the site. TCE is a liquid, often used as a solvent and degreaser. Long-term exposure can cause developmental and neurological damage and cancer. Short-term, but high levels of exposure can cause irregular heartbeat, liver damage, nausea, vomiting and eye irritation.
In 2005, a property owner at 7305 Stony Hill Road complained to the Wake County Health Department about a petroleum smell in his water from a residential well, according to the DENR website.
Nearby soil also tested positive for TCE, and last year, additional sampling showed there is a plume of contamination in the groundwater.
The contamination is thought to have originated from two small circuit board assembly companies.