Monday, December 14, 2009

Delayed justice for Kansas residents

December 13, 2009 - The roughly 100 residents of Treece, Kansas, watched in 2006 as their neighbors immediately to the south in Picher, Oklahoma, were offered money for their homes and land in exchange for relocating to safer ground, due to the threat of cave-ins and contamination from nearly a century of mining in what's known as the Tri-State Mining District.

Finally in October of this year, Congress passed legislation securing a $3.5 million buyout for the residents of Treece. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said "It is our hope that this will give them the opportunity to raise their children, run their businesses, and get on with their lives, free of the burdens of pollution and environmental degradation."


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