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More Dioxin in Missouri, near Times Beach
Allen, W., "Dioxin Levels Found in Private Drive in Ellisville,"
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 6, 1997
Dioxin has been discovered anew in the soil in west St. Louis
County - this time in the suburb of Ellisville, federal and
state officials reported Tuesday.
The report came fewer than six weeks afater the dismantling of
an incinerator to eliminate the dioxin at Times Beach and more
than two dozen other sites. Officials at that time declared an
end to Missouri's 25-year dioxin legacy.
Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said
Tuesday that a private driveway in Ellisville was found to have
dioxin levels as high as 195 parts per billion. In a statement,
the agency said dioxin levels more than 1 part per billion are
. In telephone interviews, state and federal officials said they
were notified in July of the contamination by a resident's
lawyer. In Januaray, the resident conducted an independent
test, which found diioxin in the driveway. Government
technicians returned to the area in protective "moon suits" and
collected 21 samples. The results came in Monday.
. Officials believe the dioxin was sprayed sometime between 1964
Allan, W., "Dioxin Find Worries Residents: Many Have Questions About
Chemical," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 10, 1997
"The science is showing that extremely small amounts of dioxin
delivered at critical times are enough to permanently disrupt
fetal development and lead to very serious repercussions," said
Frederick vom Saal, an expert on environmental chemicals at the
University of Missouri at Columbia.
"Today you don't find anybody saying small amounts of dioxin are
likely to be safe," vom Saal said. "It's not a position that any
responsible person is taking."
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