Monday, February 27, 2017

This week in 1983 - EPA to buy Times Beach, Missouri, after dioxin sprayed

The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to buy and evacuate 2,000 people from the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri, where streets had been sprayed with used motor oil mixed with dioxin 10 years earlier to control dust. EPA administrator Anne Burford said the government would spend $33.1 million to buy the town’s 800 houses and businesses and would pay for the immediate relocation of residents and businesses.
from Wikipedia...
Times Beach is a ghost town in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, 17 miles (27 km) southwest of St. Louis and 2 miles (3 km) east of Eureka. Once home to more than two thousand people, the town was completely evacuated early in 1983 due to a dioxin contamination that made national headlines. It was the largest civilian exposure to dioxin in the country's history.
In 1985, the State of Missouri officially disincorporated the city of Times Beach.

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