Special Report: What Lies Beneath – BanCCA

Posted by Henry Taksier, June 3, 2010

1 Aerial photographs of Alachua County Flight L3 (1971) Source Institution University of Florida Holding Location Map and Imagery Library

“It’s hard to imagine that after 26 years there could be anything new about the Koppers Superfund site in Gainesville. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Recently, we’ve begun investigating multiple accounts of buried barrels (drums) at the Koppers Superfund site here in Gainesville. Our research included interviewing eyewitnesses, who stated that they saw drums or barrels being buried on the Koppers site in the past. In addition, we spent 4 days downloading and reviewing historical aerial photos of the Koppers site, which reveal large areas of disturbed soil in the Northern Inactive Area.

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Regrettably, local and Federal environmental officials have previously disregarded such eyewitness accounts, and have yet to demand GPR testing of the Koppers site. While at first these stories about Koppers’ employees burying drums might sound anecdotal, it is in fact not uncommon for buried drums to be found on Superfund sites during cleanup operations. More to the point, other information we have found indicates that Koppers apparently has a track record for burying barrels of contaminants at other sites.”

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