Kevin McCallum, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Benzene, the cancer-causing chemical that city officials believe was sucked into its water system in a heavily burned area of Fountaingrove, is continuing to be discovered outside the advisory area, including one place in Coffey Park, city officials acknowledged for the first time this week.
But officials insist the new findings are not an indication the problems in Fountaingrove are migrating to other parts of the city.
However, they have now found 20 locations outside the Fountaingrove advisory zone with elevated levels of benzene. Fourteen of the locations were identified in the last month after the city aggressively expanded its testing program.
All but one — a burned lot on Waring Court in Coffey Park — were located near the advisory zone in Fountaingrove.
City officials said the new problems have been easy to resolve, confirming their conclusion that the 184-acre advisory area in Fountaingrove has a unique and pervasive problem far different than any other area of the city.