INTRO:Emotions were mixed at a meeting Saturday hosted by Tarpon Springs Congressman Mike Bilirakis. The Town meeting presented evidence by the Environmental Protection Agency which backs a controversial “Mound and Cap� solution to the Stauffer Chemical superfund site near Tarpon Springs. The Community watchdog group Pi-Pa-Tag, the Pinellas-Pasco Technical Advisory Group funded by the federal Superfund program, brought up continueing problems which address sinkhole activity and groundwater contamination on the 130 acre property. WMNF’s Mark Antokas files this report from the St. Pete campus in Tarpon Springs.

SCRIPT: Children play at Gulfside Elementary School across the street from the Stauffer Chemical Superfund site. For the last ten years, the EPA has been playing a cat and mouse game with the Tarpon Springs Community. Stauffer Chemical Company produced phosphates at the Anclote River site from 1947 to 1981. Phosphates are used in laundry detergents and agricultural fertilizers, and can cause bodies of water to be polluted because phosphates are a primary nutrient of algae which can choke lakes and rivers and draw oxygen from aquatic life. Just ask the Mickosukee tribe in the Everglades. Producing Phosphates can also produce radio-active waste. On Saturday, about seventy-five concerned citizens attended a town meeting which in esscence, outlined the EPA’s plan to mound and cap the Tarpon Springs site. John Wilson lives next to the site. Roll Tape:

David Dunlap encapsulated the feelings of some residents. Roll Tape:

Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverly Biliris wanted the soil to be removed. Roll Tape:

Activist Heather Malinowski says the plan is experimental. Roll Tape:

Paul McKechnie, acting Ombudsman for the EPA. Roll Tape:

Nestor Young, Project Manager for the EPA. Roll Tape:

Activist Mary Mosley does not like the plan. Roll Tape:

Kevin Tag, technical assistant for Pi-Pa-Tag. Roll Tape:

Sock-Out: While Pi-Pa-Tag members still have some reservations on the EPA’s plan to cap the Tarpon Springs Stauffer site citing concerns over groundwater and sinkholes, the community at large seems to be tiring, and looks for a resolution to this issue. The EPA has given the Green Light to the Stauffer plan. You can go to WMNF.ORG, press databank, go to this story for more info and contacts. This is Mark Antokas for WMNF radio news.

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