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Testing Starts Soon in Wildwood near Superfund Site

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WILDWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) – Next month, the US EPA will start testing the site of a proposed residential development in Wildwood. 

It’s a tract of land that sits next to a former superfund clean-up site.  The Bliss Waste Oil Company is linked to another massive clean-up in our region — Times Beach — a community wiped-out by dioxin contamination.

For years, Wildwood officials have sought assurances an 18 acre tract known as Strecker Forest is free of toxins — especially now that a developer wants to use it as a home site.

The EPA’s Ben Washburn says next month, the agency will begin geophysical, soil and water testing. “Right now this is not a dioxin-based investigation.  We are there looking at the whole site and the totality of it and not for any particular contamination,” explains Washburn.

Washburn says they hope to have results within a month or two of testing.   “If in, in any of this initial sampling something is found that does raise a red flag obviously we go back and take a closer look and see if it warrants any action from the agency.”

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