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HAVE you ever wondered about health hazards lurking underground near your home, your workplace or a property that you are thinking of buying or renting?

For locations in New York State, there is now an easy way to find out, without resorting to costly testing of groundwater and soil core samples. A free Web site enables anyone — including prospective buyers and sellers, brokers and neighbors — to check a location by typing in its address.

Albany Survey Of Toxic Sites Is Unpublished

New York State environmental officials last year compiled an internal list of more than 1,500 places where soil or water had been contaminated with M.T.B.E., a gasoline additive that makes water taste like turpentine and is a possible cause of cancer and other health problems.

The tally of M.T.B.E. sites is more than three times the number reported publicly in the state's toxic-spills database, which real estate buyers and suppliers of drinking water use to spot contamination problems.

New Round of Comments on Drilling

Gov. David A. Paterson ordered state environmental officials on Monday to complete revisions to their proposed standards for a controversial type of natural-gas drilling by June and submit them to a new round of public comment.

Decrepit Station Houses Erode Police Morale, Officers Say

For years when it rained, police officers in the 50th Precinct station house say, their basement locker room flooded and they had to dress in puddles of water tainted with petroleum from a fuel spill beneath the building.

Contaminant From Gas Is Found in Water

A GASOLINE additive intended to reduce air pollution, in large-scale use on Long Island for less than 10 years, is rapidly moving though the region's groundwater, penetrating drinking water supplies.

The additive, M.T.B.E., for methyl tertiary butane ether, has been found in the highest concentrations in shallow wells near gas stations and industrial areas where petroleum spilled. It is also being detected in nearly one in five of the deeper public wells that are the Island's principal sources of drinking water.