Officials say Koppers contamination harmless

Posted by Trish Riley, August 28, 2009

Really? I’d like to learn as much about the effects of dioxin, arsenic, benzene and napthalene in our soil and water as I can.

Further soil samples taken in June from six sites near the Koppers Superfund site off Northwest 23rd Avenue indicate levels of dioxins in some samples that are above state residential standards.But the tests showed that incidental ingestion of very small amounts of dioxin-contaminated surface soil at these six locations is not likely to cause harm, experts say.The Alachua County Health Department reviewed the dioxin test results of the six additional surface soil samples collected from the rights-of-way of Northwest 26th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, and 32nd avenues.The Environmental Protection Agency required this additional testing 200 feet west of the Koppers hazardous waste site after finding potentially hazardous levels of dioxins in the city easement along the site boundary.Testing in February from approximately 100 feet west of the border of the Koppers site found levels of dioxins, arsenic and benzo-a-pyrene above state residential standards.The Health Department said it continues to recommend area residents practice good general hygiene, including hand-washing with soap and water after contact with bare soil in areas within 200 feet west of the Koppers facility western boundary fence.

via New tests show ingestion of small amounts of soil near Koppers unlikely to cause harm | Gainesville.com | The Gainesville Sun | Gainesville, FL.

Find out the latest news on the site at a meeting on Monday, August 31, 2009 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Jack Durrance Auditorium (Room 209, County Administration Bldg., 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville), the City of Gainesville and Alachua County Commissions are holding a joint public meeting to hear presentations about progress toward developing a final remedy on the Koppers Superfund site. Details here.