Barrels of Agent Orange from Vietnam War Seen Buried in Gainesville’s Cabot-Koppers EPA Superfund Site
Residents who lived around Cabot-Koppers in the post-Vietnam War years of the 1970’s witnessed barrels of herbicides (presumed to be weaponized, military grade Agent Orange dioxins) being secretly buried on what was later designated by the EPA as a Superfund site in 1983.
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In 2010 we have new witnesses who disclose that TETRA TECH, a company contracted for site cleanup by the designated clean-up corporation and owner, BEAZER EAST, was seen excavating “drums”, (aka barrels) from under the ground on the northern section of the Superfund site in the Fall of 2010. Witnesses within view of these activities say it was apparent that TETRA TECH used earthen burms and tarps to hide their diggings from enquiring eyes and camera lenses during the excavations.
In February, 2011 the Google Earth’s Worldview satellite captured a high resolution image that revealed over 20 drums gathered on the Koppers site in a location near the rental home where the excavations were witnessed.
The landlord holding the lease to Mary Ann Jones’ rental home, who is also president of Protect Gainesville Citizens, Kim Popejoy, was apparently taking the word of local officials when he agreed in published meeting minutes, that the Beazer sponsored “search” for buried drums by GEO HYDRO, a company now representing GRU, was diligent and that “No drums were found”.
“Kim stated that in the near future the Florida Department of Health is supposed to give a presentation about their recent Koppers cancer study. He also presented information received from John Herbert and Robin Hallbourg regarding the search for buried drums at the Koppers site. This search, conducted at Beazer’s expense, was described as thorough and diligent. No drums were found.” ( Source: Protect Gainesville Citizens, Inc. May 12 Minutes Draft)
The complete timeline of events including multiple witness testimony suggests that the drums were secretly excavated by TETRA TECH crews in 2010 and early 2011 before the “official” search for buried drums was begun by a completely different company, GEO-HYDRO, in April and May of 2011.
Dioxins From 2 Sources Could make DoD a new responsible party with Beazer for complete Superfund clean-up.
When the EPA designated Cabot-Koppers as a Superfund site in 1983, it was assumed that on-site dioxins were generated from a sole source – wood treatment.
The newly revealed contamination from drums of dioxins that may have leaked to the surface to further contaminate a now known 2 mile radius has never been acknowledged by any local, State or Federal agency.
This newly discovered liability by the Department of Defense could add another remediation funding source with Beazer to provide immediate and compensated evacuation of the Stephen Foster families under extreme duress and to order a complete removal of toxins from the soils on the site to return the property to 100% marketable parity for futire development.
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