EPA finds 2 chemicals at industrial site in Verona, Mo.

Published: Aug. 27, 2019 at 11:39 PM CDT
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Verona, Mo. is continuing to struggle with local soil and water being contaminated. According to the EPA, recent tests show two dangerous chemicals were found in the ground near a previously contaminated industrial site.

That site sits on the west edge of town and was previously known for making Agent Orange. The soil at the site was contaminated with the chemical dioxin. Dioxin is known to cause cancer and other serious health problems.

The EPA declared the land a "superfund" site and fenced it off. They also spent years cleaning dioxin from the soil and removing contaminated equipment.

Some still fear their wells are land are still contaminated.

More than a 100 people came to the high school this evening to hear about the clean up efforts by the EPA.

Senior Adviser to the Director of the Superfund Program, Gene Gunn says they found two chemicals still present on the industrial sight from recent testing.

One of those chemicals is dioxin. He says it is still present in the soil and water, but has been contained and they do not see it being released from the site.

However, he says there is another chemical called dioxane found at the sight in the ground water. He says they are still investigating this chemical further.

He also said they tested five wells off site, all of which were deemed okay.

The EPA says they plan to have another public meeting in the near future.