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EPA: Air quality OK near site of Ghent recycling fire

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WEST GHENT, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say initial air testing around the scene of a large fire at a transformer recycling company shows no threat to public health, but monitoring will continue in coming days.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency says Friday air quality in the area of the sooty blaze was acceptable and there was no sign of PCBs, a potential carcinogen, in samples near the TCI of New York site.

TCI disposed of electrical devices at the industrial park in the Columbia County town of West Ghent, 25 miles south of Albany.

The blaze Wednesday night was fueled by diesel, propane and mineral oil before firefighters extinguished it Thursday afternoon.

About 20,000 people near the plant were told to stay indoors much of the day.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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