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Need Soil Testing Done

I was made aware that I shouldn't plant a garden next year in my backyard until I have my soil tested; I became aware that where I live is in an area possibly affected by the 1977-1997 time period when PCE contamination from Schlage Lock leeched into the ground and local ponds; I consulted my neighbors who have lived in the area for many years, and they agreed I should only container plant until the soil is tested.
So, who do I go to for testing, what kind of testing should I have done and how much is it going to cost me? I am not the home owner, I rent.
Thank you!

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