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Relocation delay for residents near Mt. DIoxin
Toxic Site Relocations Hit a Delay
Sun-Sentinel - Ft. Lauderdale
Tue, Aug 26 1997
A Justice Department review of initial appraisals has
caused a one-month delay in plans to begin moving up to
358 families from homes and apartments near two toxic
Owners of 18 homes closest to the abandoned Escambia
Wood Treating Co. plant nicknamed Mount Dioxin were
supposed to begin getting appraisal letters in mid-July,
but the first ones did not go out until last week.
The 18 letters were to be in the mail by the end of this
week, said Larry Meese, real estate property manager for
the Army Corps of Engineers, which is conducting the
appraisals for the Environmental Protection Agency.
"I guess these are just steps they go through, but it
concerns me," said Margaret Williams, president of a
community group called Citizens Against Toxic Exposure,
"I think the stress is getting next to people."
Six years ago, CATE began lobbying the EPA to move
residents in neighborhoods surrounding Mount Dioxin and
the former site of an Agrico fertilizer plant.
Both sites are on EPA's Superfund list. A cleanup
operation has been completed at Agrico. The Escambia ÃŠ
Treating plant has been partly cleaned.
Dioxin is one of several toxic substances found at the
sites and in neighboring yards. Residents have blamed
the pollution for deaths and illnesses ranging from
cancer to skin rashes, but EPA officials say no
cause-and-effect relationship has been confirmed.
The relocation project in this Florida Panhandle city is
the third largest of its kind behind Love Canal at
Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Times Beach, Mo.
The Justice Department wanted to review the appraisals
because that agency would have to defend them in court
in case sales agreements cannot be reached and the
property is acquired through condemnation.
Meese expects the first moves will begin next month. But
it could be years before all residents are relocated.
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