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Times Beach

TIMES BEACH

TIMES BEACH, a town in Missouri, came to national attention in December 1982, when Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials learned that soil samples taken from the town's dirt roads contained dioxin, a toxic chemical by-product, in concentrations hundreds of times higher than levels considered safe for human exposure. The EPA found that a contractor hired by Times Beach to control dust on its dirt roads had sprayed them with waste automotive oil mixed with industrial sludge from a defunct chemical company. The EPA purchased all the property in Times Beach and permanently evacuated its 2,000 residents. The buyout was the first under the Superfund program.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Posner, Michael. "Anatomy of a Missouri Nightmare." Maclean's 96 (April 4,1983): 10–12.

Switzer, Jacqueline Vaughn. Environmental Politics: Domestic and Global Dimensions. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994.

JohnMorelli/c. w.

See alsoChemical Industry ; Conservation ; Environmental Protection Agency ; Hazardous Waste ; Superfund .

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