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NAPLES, Italy — Ventilation systems are being installed at the Child Development Center at the U.S. Navy’s Capodichino base after tests revealed low levels of a volatile organic compound, Navy officials said.

None of the center’s children or employees is at risk and there is no need to remove them from the building, Navy spokeswoman Cmdr. Wendy Snyder said.

Results from recent soil gas testing indicated the presence of the chemical tetrachloroethene, or PCE, a man-made chemical widely used in the dry-cleaning of fabrics and degreasing of metals.

“Even though the levels of PCE in indoor air at the Capodichino CDC are acceptable, Navy leadership is taking precautionary measures” by installing a ventilation system called a vapor intrusion mitigation system, Snyder said.

Temporary units will be installed in the next few weeks while more permanent systems are installed when possible, she said.


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