The Gainesville Sun reported that the EPA has issued its final cleanup plan for the Koppers Superfund site, and I doubt that the people in the Stephen Foster neighborhood will be happy. And none of us should be. The contaminated soil is to be left on the site, buried 65 feet, surrounded by an underground concrete barrier wall, and covered with an impermeable cap. The ground would also be injected with chemicals that are supposed to keep the toxins from seeping deeper into the aquifer. This last part reminds me of the chemical dispersants that were used in the BP oil spill cleanup. The EPA ordered that “solution” to be stopped the dispersants were as poisonous as the oil, if not more so.
So, the EPA wants to let Beazer East, the polluting company, reset the clock on this time bomb for future generations. A real solution might include soil incineration, to burn off the toxins, or there are newer soil cleaning technologies that do not create emissions. I am not a scientist, but any concerned citizen who looks forward to being able to drink the water around here should demand better than what we are being offered.