Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Haggling Over Toxic Cleanup Leaves Iowa Day Care in the Middle

May 17, 2010 - Connie Richardson runs a child care center in her home, which is surrounded by contaminated soil and toxic chemicals from a front-yard gas station she closed 20 years ago.

She has no idea whether the underground benzene or other dangerous gases made it into the home she shares with her husband, Richard. Four children stay in the child care center five days a week, playing with stuffed animals stored in a street-side room that used to hold B&C Services' grocery items and the cash register.

Tests in 2006 within 10 feet of the house's foundation found high levels of benzene in soil vapors.


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