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Officials find PCBs in Charlotte sewer system

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An environmental warning sign for PCBs. (File/Associated Press) An environmental warning sign for PCBs. (File/Associated Press)
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -

Charlotte officials say something containing dangerous PCBs and other organic chemicals has been found in the city sewer system.

City Manager Ron Carlee said Friday the chemical dumping does not affect the drinking water.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Director Barry Gullet says the substance was found Thursday in a wastewater treatment plant when workers noticed an oily sheen. The wastewater was routed to a storage area for investigation.

Carlee said people are asked to avoid human or animal contact with Mallard Creek and the Rocky River in Cabarrus County until more testing can be done.

Gullet says PCBs, polychlorinated biphenyls, have been banned since the 1970s but can still be found today.

Officials think the material entered the sewer system in northeast Charlotte.

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