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You're looking down on "Mt. Dioxin," AKA the Escambia Treating Company Superfund Site, in Pensacola, Florida. This 255,000 cubic yards (344,250 tons) of toxic waste was excavated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from the 26-acre former woodtreating site during 1991-93 and covered with a temporary (5-year) plastic cover. Another 145,000 cubic feet of contaminated soil remains unexcavated onsite under and around Mt. Dioxin and offsite in surrounding residential areas.

This aerial view shows homes bordering the site on the north and railroad tracks to the east. Not shown are Palafox Street immediately to the west and the Agrico Superfund Site 0.25 miles to the southeast at Fairfield Street and I-110.

Residents of the pictured homes are part of a 358-family relocation, the third largest (after Love Canal, New York, and Times Beach, Missouri) permanent relocation in Superfund history. A second relocation of the 45 families living in the Clarinda Triangle on the west side of Palafox Street is currently underway.

This area is at the center of greater Pensacola. Even after the relocation is complete, many homes, schools, and churches will remain near this highly toxic site and its severe offsite contamination. The surficial aquifer beneath this site serves as the source of public drinking water and also discharges into Bayou Texar and Pensacola Bay.

CATE was joined by the City of Pensacola, Escambia County, and many organizations and citizens in asking EPA to to perform a real cleanup, or detoxification of these poisonous wastes, but instead EPA has begun the construction of a new, underground Mt. Dioxin at 3910 North Palafox.

Separate plans for addressing Mt. Dioxin groundwater will be presented to the community in early 2008.

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