Benzene, chloroform levels high in N.J. Rite Aid

May 14, 2007

An eight-hour air quality test in a Rite Aid store in Clayton, N.J., where five employees reportedly fell ill recently, has found levels of benzene and chloroform that were higher than state standards. Results of the test, taken April 20 by Rite Aid consultants, were forwarded to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

An eight-hour air quality test in a Rite Aid store in Clayton, N.J., where five employees reportedly fell ill recently, has found levels of benzene and chloroform that were higher than state standards. Results of the test, taken April 20 by Rite Aid consultants, were forwarded to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The store, built in 1974 and expanded in 1999, is on the site of an old gas station. Two underground gasoline tanks were removed by Rite Aid in November 2003, according to the chain. Rite Aid also installed an underground ventilation system designed to vent vapors remaining in the soil. To date, remediation efforts have cost the company $500,000, according to a Rite Aid spokeswoman.

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