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Meeting Planned To Discuss Volatile Organic Compounds Found In Homes

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Last month, the city of Bozeman discovered 25 homes in the Bridger Creek subdivision may be contaminated with volatile organic compounds.

On Friday, the city of Bozeman mailed out letters to those residents informing them of a meeting taking place to determine what the next steps are in the testing process.

City Manager, Chris Kukulski says that some of the 25 homes tested did come back with high levels of chemicals in them, which is raising concerns for many residents.

"Some of them came out okay, but some of them came out 50 times to unacceptable levels of contamination and of course that concerns me," said Charles Daenen, Bridger Creek Subdivision resident.

Charles Daenen has lived in Bridger Creek Subdivision phase three for seven years. Many of the compounds tested in his home came back positive and he's not sure what that means.

"I don't know what it does. I don't know what the long term affects are," said Daenen. "The results that were given to us and the explanations that were given didn't mean that much to us. All I see is it's definitely something that we should be concerned about."

Over the last month, many of the results that came back tested positive for chemicals. The city and Tetra Tech, the company doing the testing is going over the results with each homeowner.

"We're going over in fine detail on what we're finding," said Chris Kukulski, Bozeman City Manager. "We have not been able to provide information collectively on what we're seeing."

Kukulski said the city is doing everything they can to make sure all the necessary steps are being done.

"It is what we are focused on as an organization. We are making sure that immediately upon receiving the data that's it's turned around and shared with the homeowner," said Kukulski. "As the scientists are explaining the results to the homeowner, we're learning."

When ABC/FOX Montana previously spoke with city engineer, Rick Hixson, he said if a person lives in a contaminated home for a long period of time, it could cause cancer as a worse case scenario.

Charles said he's concerned that as more testing is being done, the results might come back even worse than the first time.

"Our fear is if they come back in winter, they will find much higher level of contamination and chemicals," said Daenen.

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday August 27 at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at 5 East Baxter Lane. At the meeting, both the city and Tetra Tech will outline the next steps for additional sampling and describe potential mitigation measures for all residents.

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