Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fla. Superfund lawsuit seeks more than $500M

April 20, 2010- Residents of a neighborhood on the edge of a polluted Florida Superfund site sued the property owners Tuesday, seeking at least $500 million to decontaminate their homes and monitor their health. The so-called Cabot/Koppers Superfund site covers about 140 acres a few miles north of downtown Gainesville. The site was home to a now-defunct charcoal production business and a wood treatment plant that began operations in 1916. That business also recently shut down.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated the area a Superfund site - a label given to 1,279 hazardous waste sites nationwide - in 1984 because of poor waste disposal that contaminated water and soil with known carcinogens such as arsenic, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and creosote compounds.


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