A possible solution for cleaning up a dioxin
-contaminated site in Pensacola, Florida has at least one environmental watchdog group concerned. The area, known as "Mount Dioxin," is the former site of the Escambia Wood Treating Company. Dioxin contamination surrounding the site is blamed for dozens of illnesses and deaths
. Groups such as Citizens Against Toxic Exposure (CATE) are worried that the EPA will choose an ineffective cleanup method for Mount Dioxin in an effort to save money.
EPA has proposed solidification, a process in which contaminated soil is mixed with cement-like material. The sludge eventually hardens and is left on-site. CATE opposes the technique and wants a more thorough cleanup that would involve evaporating out the toxic chemicals
and then reburying them at the site. EPA officials estimate solidification would cost $80,659 while CATE's evaporation method could cost over $210 million.
Escambia County officials are concerned storm water runoff from a tarp used to cover the dioxin-laden soil may be contaminated with toxic chemicals. If polluted, the runoff may taint groundwater leading to a toxic plume in Pensacola. County officials are asking the EPA for help in diverting the storm water.
See your doctor if you live or work near this Pensacola site and you have experienced serious health problems. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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