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Hazardous Chemical Spill Site Has Augusta Residents Worried

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Thomas Green of Augusta says, "It's kinda scary. Ya know is the water safe now. It's kinda scary, but I'm glad to see they are out here cleaning it up."

This is what's left of a major chemical spill, contaminated soil, and lots of it.

Jason Nappi, meteorologist at WJBF-TV says, "The E.P.A. is still testing for soil contamination that happened from a chemical spill on the other side of this fence over ten years ago."

Those tests are still reporting significantly high levels of chemical concentrations in the soil.

Aubrey Street of Augusta says, "It does concern me ya know anything that's polluted, especially from runoff and anything like that. So standing water, anything that may be coming up from the ground."

In September the EPA plans to clean-up the soil.

It will cost 7 million dollars from the Superfund that was put into place to clean up hazardous sites.

But Aubrey Street says it's about more than just money.

"That's not just a price tag you're putting on everything. It's the health and well-being of everyone, too. It's a bigger issue than just the money," said Street.

Street wants someone to be held accountable for destroying the environment.

"Not pass it along to the taxpayers. If they can go after whoever was the actual owner of the problem then they should be the ones to own up and have to pay up for it," said Street.

Thomas Green agrees.

"I mean somebody really needs to get down to the bottom of it, dig deep and find out what's going on. It's our kids we are talking about, it's ourselves that we are talking about," said Green.

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