Thursday, September 4, 2008

A toxic peek beneath San Joaquin County California

August 24, 2008 - Oil drums leaking. Pesticides seeping. Heavy metals draining into our waterways.

Per capita, San Joaquin County has seen more state investigations of potential toxic hot spots than most of its neighboring counties - more, in fact, than the statewide average.

While some of these cases are decades old and were resolved long ago, more than two dozen sites still are being cleaned up - and it can take many years.

Such are the findings of a Record analysis of a state database detailing 250 such investigations in the county and nearly 9,000 statewide. The database is available to anyone who wonders what dangers might hide in the soil or groundwater of his or her neighborhood.

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