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Winston-Salem now testing for toxic waste in neighborhood near closed schools

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Ellen McCloud stands on the back porch of her home on Glenn Avenue in Winston-Salem, NC, Friday, April 17, 2015, looking in the direction of the industrial pollution spill that forced the recent closure of Hanes-Lowrance Middle School. The apartments in the background are on Ivy Avenue, and beyond that are the grounds of the school and the plant which was the source of the pollution. (David Rolfe/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The urgency with which school officials moved students out of Hanes and Lowrance middle schools got Ellen McCloud thinking, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

She started wondering whether toxic waste may also lurk in the soil, in the groundwater – whether it may threaten her home, her health. To help her and other neighborhood residents find out, the city of Winston-Salem is having 17 groundwater monitoring wells installed in parts of the neighborhood near the campus.

Cost: $83,540.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal