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A city in Missouri that was abandoned by order of the EPA in 1983, when dangerously high levels of dioxins were identified in the water and soil, resulting from the spraying of dioxin-tainted oils—to control dust on the roads and highways
A relatively wealthy community, populated by relatively well-educated citizens who are politically efficacious (e.g., Aspen, Colorado), is more likely to respond to risk differently, and be treated by public authorities more generously, than is a community that is relatively poor, populated by relatively poorly educated citizens who are politically isolated (e.g., Times Beach, Missouri).
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) reassessment of the dangers of dioxin, the chemical that shuttered Times Beach, Missouri in 1982 and earlier rained over Vietnam in the defoliant called Agent Orange, calculates that the average American carries some 40 to 60 parts per trillion of dioxin compounds in our tissues, a level of exposure that, while minute, is "very near the levels expected to cause adverse health effects."
(Due to a dioxin contamination scare, the town of Times Beach, Missouri, was evacuated and razed at a cost of tens of millions of dollars only to see the individual who raised the original alarm confess years later that he erred.
How many residents died as a result of dioxin contamination at Times Beach, Missouri? Given the press play and the costly regulatory response to these once-famous contamination crises, you'd naturally think at least scores of people were harmed, right?