EPA adds central Mississippi site to Superfund list

The Associated Press
March 7, 2007

JACKSON, Miss. A former central Mississippi industrial property contaminated with several cancer-causing agents has been added to the list of Superfund cleanup sites by the U-S Environmental Protection Agency.

The E-P-A says the former Sonford site in Rankin County has soil contaminated with PCP (pentachlorophenol), lindane, dioxin, arsenic, lead and dibenzofuran compounds.

The site is 200 feet from a residential area in Flowood, an eastern suburb of Jackson. It was one of five sites recently added to the Superfund list.

Robbie Wilbur, communications director for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, says E-P-A officials believe the properties of neighboring residents remain contamination free.

But the agency will run tests to confirm their belief.

He says agency officials were pleased with the designation, though it will take several years to complete cleanup.

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