Emily DroobySep 21, 2017, 7:04 pm

Cancer-causing chemical found in water samples at Hackensack school

The chemical PCE was found in groundwater samples taken at Hackensack Middle School

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The Department of Environmental Protection says that they found the chemical Tetrachloroethylene, also known as PCE, in groundwater supplies taken at Hackensack Middle School.

The DEP says that they did not find high enough levels of the chemical for it to be potentially harmful to students, but to be on the safe side, the school district has still been ordered to come up with a plan to get rid of the chemicals. However, the New Jersey Sierra Club says parents should still be concerned.

"What people don't understand is that children are the most vulnerable and the reason is because they're smaller and chemicals have a bigger impact, and so that's why it's something to be really concerned about," said Jeff Tittel, Director of the NJ Sierra Club.

The club also suggests that parents send their children to school with bottled water until the issue is resolved.

According to our partners at The Record, officials believe that the chemical is likely left over from the dry cleaner that used to sit in the school's parking lot. The chemical was actually caught during routine testing done on sites that held old dry cleaning locations.

Currently, the DEP is more concerned with the chemical evaporating into the building's air systems than the drinking water.

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