EPA’s ‘Brownfields’ program coming up short

Sep 26th, 2012 | By | Category: General

Once one of the largest textile mill in the U.S., this 16.5 acre site in Sprague Conn., is a brownfield site, owned by the town. Officials, who are concerned that the site is a safety hazard, have been looking for a developer for years.

In Oak Creek, Wis., a fence slashed with holes surrounds a barren 300-acre complex of buckling former factories where the soil and groundwater are polluted with arsenic and other chemicals.

Asbestos sprayed for almost six miles from a shuttered textile mill in Sprague, Connecticut when children trying to free a canoe set it on fire.

A toxic cocktail of volatile organic compounds, petroleum, hydrocarbons and metals lies along the banks of Massachusetts’s Malden River.

For more on this story, visit: EPA’s ‘Brownfields’ program coming up short | The Center for Public Integrity.

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