|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:29:54 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Picher, Oklahoma -- mine waste and the mines themselves|
[Abandoned mines are one of the last frontiers of hazardous waste
cleanup in the United States. There may be as many as a half-million of
them, primarily in the West. They pose physical hazards and contaminate
sediment, surface water, and groundwater. Mine waste sits in enormous,
overgrown, forgotten piles. Yet because so many of them lack
identifiable responsible parties or sit, as abandoned claims, on federal
land owned by agencies with no real cleanup budgets, little has been
done to map these mines, let along address the risks that they pose.
This site is an exception. - LS]
Time's up for toxic town of Picher, Okla.The EPA is tearing down what's left of Picher, Okla., a town that has paid a heavy price in toxic pollution and cave-ins since its heyday as a lead mining center.
By Abby Sewell Los Angeles Times February 15, 2011Picher, Okla. - A track hoe sidled up to the modest yellow brick church, paused for a moment to position itself, then drove its teeth into the roof with brutal efficiency.
Shingles tumbled into the sanctuary. With the second blow, the wall buckled. The track hoe worked its way across the building, finally smashing the wall where a simple cross was emblazoned in red brick. Within 20 minutes, the First Baptist Church was rubble, ready to be loaded in waiting dump trucks and hauled away.
Behind the church, a water tower that serves six households bears the legend "Picher Gorillas since 1918." It touts the mascot of a high school that won a state football championship in 1984, a year after the town was declared a toxic waste site. The school no longer exists.
... For the entire article, see http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-demolished-town-20110215,0,5996111.story -- 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 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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