|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 9 Feb 2011 12:30:55 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Koppers neighbors, northwest Gainesville, Florida|
A Haunting Past for Northwest Gainesville By Henry Taksier Campus Progress February 8, 2011When Mary Ann Jones bought her house in northwest Gainesville, the real estate agent said there might be noise every now and then due to the nearby industrial facility. She was okay with that. She was not warned that her grandchildren could be exposed to a dangerous concentration of dioxins, which are known to cause cancer and a wide range of health problems, especially in small children.
"I felt like this man signed me a death sentence," she said.For slightly over a year, Jones has lived at 3118 NW 4th St. with her extended family, which includes three grandchildren. The top of her fence is wrapped in barbed wire, which separates her backyard from the 90-acre Superfund site previously owned by Koppers, Inc. She wants to move away but doesn't have the financial means.
For 93 years, Koppers, Inc. operated a wood-treatment facility at 200 NW 23rd Ave, releasing industrial toxins - including arsenic, hexavalent chromium, creosote, and dioxins—into Gainesville's air, water, and soil. The area is now ranked as one of the nation's top-100 polluted sites. It has been designated a Superfund site - a place so heavily polluted with toxic waste that it poses a threat to human health and the environment - for 27 years.
... For the entire article, see http://campusprogress.org/articles/a_haunting_past_for_northwest_gainesville/# -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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