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Authorities Say Test Negative For TCI-related Carcinogens

Authorities say tests conducted at the site of a fire at a transformer recycling company, and within a 15-mile radius, show no detectable levels of potential carcinogens.

Columbia County officials say the state Department of Environmental Conservation informed them of its PCB test results for TCI of New York, where a large fire erupted Aug. 1. As a result, state health officials say there is no reason to believe there is a threat to public health. State agriculture officials also say there are no concerns about livestock or produce.

The TCI fire was fueled by diesel, propane and mineral oil. About 20,000 people near the plant were told to stay indoors the next day.

Officials say they're now focusing on the fire investigation and TCI cleanup.


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A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.