Why was previous testing of the school insufficient?
EPA Inspector General found that all chemicals were not reported by the
method used at the Hercules 009 Landfill Superfund Site and appropriate
testing is needed. Whenever toxic contamination is expected, the first step
is to test and report what is present. If all the chemicals are not
reported, an assessment of the risks cannot be completed and an incorrect
conclusion that the property is safe can be reached .
our children at risk right now?
appropriate testing this question cannot be answered. The GEC hopes there
is not a problem, but we need facts, and not just hope, to assure the school
is free of toxic chemicals.
What was put into the Hercules 009 Landfill Superfund Site?
Wastes from manufacturing toxaphene, full and empty drums of chemicals, and
other wastes were put into the Superfund Site.
is a pesticide that is now banned world-wide under the Stockholm Convention,
and also called one of the “dirty dozen” or “toxic twelve” chemicals that
were so dangerous that they were banned from use through an international
agreement developed at the United Nations. Toxaphene lasts a long time in
the environment, resists breakdown, and can travel long distances through
the atmosphere. High levels of toxaphene were found in fish and other
animals in areas where it was never used.