HOW MT. DIOXIN MAY AFFECT YOU
"Mt. Dioxin" (the Escambia Treating Company Superfund site) and its toxic contaminants are a threat to Bayou Texar and the Pensacola Bay System, drinking water, public health, the environment, and the local economy.
- Do you
from south Escambia County? (this includes Pensacola
Beach, Gulf Breeze, and parts of south Santa Rosa County)
- Do you
eat meals prepared with this water?
- Do you
eat local (including Gulf of Mexico) seafood?
- Do you
use local waters for recreation?
- Do you
own property or have business interests in southern Escambia
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you are potentially affected by Mt. Dioxin.
The former woodtreating facility is located on the east side of Palafox Street, north of the Fairfield intersection in Pensacola. Toxic contaminants include dioxins, furans, pentachlorophenol, creosote, arsenic, benzo(a)pyrene, dieldrin, napthalene, toluene, xylene, benzene, copper, chromium, and more, as well as asbestos and PCBs The nearby Agrico (agricultural chemicals) Superfund site adds other poisons, including lead, fluoride, and radium. Underground, a plume of contamination from both sites is spreading and moving, usually east/southeast toward Bayou Texar.
THE BAD NEWS
Dioxin's contaminants include carcinogens, mutagens, teratogens,
and endocrine disruptors. Translating from medical texts into ordinary
language, the possible health effects are:
different kinds of cancers; genetic damage; birth defects; miscarriage;
heart disease; liver damage; kidney damage; lung damage; nerve
damage; leukemia and other blood diseases; immune system damage;
thyroid damage; hormone imbalances; metabolic diseases
skin irritation, burning and itching; blisters; acne pimples;
dark spots on skins; red, grey, yellow or other colored spots;
gangrene; unusual hair growth; skin reaction to sunlight; skin
eye irritation; inflammation of the cornea; inflammation of
the eyelids; fixed pupils; permanent scarring of the cornea
respiratory irritation; difficult breathing; coughing; chest
pain; hoarseness; bronchitis; suffocation
- lack of
appetite; nausea; uncontrollable vomiting; vomiting of blood;
stomach pain; sores inside the body; white patches inside the
mouth; blood in urine
blood thinning, bleeding and bruising; fever; weight loss; weakness;
exhaustion; water retention and swelling; yellow color of skin
drooling; dizziness; excessive sweating; slurred speech; stumbling;
shaking; restlessness; hyperactivity; hallucinations; confusion;
lack of coordination; headaches; ringing in the ears; numbness
or tingling; weak or irregular heartbeat; seizures; collapse;
coma; death ...
NOT ALL BAD
EPA Region IV managers have decided to follow the precedent they set at the Agrico site, leaving all the surface contaminants in an onsite "containment"(which like all landfills, will eventually leak).
However, plans have not yet been finalized for the groundwater contamination that threatens Bayou Texar, Escambia Bay, and Pensacola's drinking water aquifer.
EPA will present a plan for groundwater in early 2008. Public involvement can make the difference between a real cleanup and a ineffectual coverup. For more information, contact Frances Dunham by email or at 850-932-3077.