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Government agency warns of dangerous vapors in north St. Louis County park

(KMOV.com) -- Health experts say more needs to be done to protect residents in a north St. Louis County neighborhood from cancer-causing chemicals in the soil.

The problem stems from a chemical spill at a business in Elmwood Park in the 1980s.

Over time, the groundwater has moved the chemical into the soil under the homes across the street from the business and fumes are entering the homes.

After testing, vapor removal systems have been installed in some of the houses with high levels of chemical fumes.

But Tuesday the Federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry recommended systems for all the houses in the neighborhood.

The new recommendations will be discussed at a community meeting Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Elmwood Park.

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