Contamination From Superfund Site Spreads
There is evidence that the soil is polluted outside of a contaminated Northwest Gainesville industrial property.
20 soil samples taken along the border of the Cabot Koppers Superfund cleanup site showed levels of dioxins, arsenic, and benzo(a)pyrene above the state standard for residential neighborhoods.
Alachua County Environmental Health Director Anthony Dennis says the pollutants were probably windblown from the Cabot Koppers property. Environmental workers are visiting neighbors this weekend to let them know the results of the state testing.
Dennis says the highest risk is for small children who might ingest dirt while out playing, so he is telling neighbors to stay away from the borders of the property.
Dennis says drinking water in the area is checked every six months and there is no sign of contamination.
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