Debbie and Richard Higgins, whose well water has been contaminated by a suspected carcinogen from a Dartmouth College dump site, look at a map on their kitchen table in Hanover, N.H., which shows where the contamination has spread. Dartmouth says it has spent around $8.4 million cleaning up contamination where scientists dumped carcasses of lab animals in the 1960s and 1970s.

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