Paynesville weary of 14-year wait for chemical cleanup

Dangerous chemicals left over at a former gas station site were discovered in Paynesville's water wells in 1997. The city has new wells now and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says its drinking water is safe. But the original contamination remains.
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Dangerous chemicals left over at a former gas station site were discovered in Paynesville's water wells in 1997. The city has new wells now and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency says its drinking water is safe. But the original contamination remains.

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