The US EPA is considering moving 126 families out of a Pensacola-area neighborhood contaminated with dioxin, arsenic, lead and other "poisons" leaching from two Superfund sites.
Residents have complained that the abandoned Escambia Wood Treating Co. and Agrico Chemical Co. sites are causing cancer, respiratory problems, skin rashes and other ailments. In 1992, they formed Citizens Against Toxic Exposure and have pushed for relocation ever since.
The EPA is
weighing the $10 million relocation plan as well as two other options to
clean or remove the contaminated soil.
Mark Fite, EPA project manager for the case: "It does not represent an emergency situation, but that doesn't mean we're not going to relocate them." EPA officials on 12/14 met with the residents to discuss the options (AP/Jacksonville FLA. TIMES UNION, 12/16).
Copyright 1995 American Political
December 19, 1995
SECTION: STATE REPORTS
LOAD-DATE: December 19, 1995