Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Contamination at Searcy Homes in Alabama concerns public housing resident

November 8, 2009 - Federal agents last year told Duane Straughter to stop digging in the community garden. And they warned him against tracking dirt into his home.

"They said the highest concern was around my house," said Straughter, who lives in the Searcy Homes housing development near the old railroad depot in downtown Huntsville. "They said, 'Dust your feet. Leave your shoes outside if possible.' "

The soil under his apartment building, and six others around him, contains heavy metals and a mix of fuel byproducts at levels above state and federal guidelines. However, while federal agents first spoke with residents last fall, they had cause for suspicion for the last seven years.

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