May 25, 1991 |
A federal health official who recommended that Times Beach be evacuated because of contamination by the chemical dioxin now says that he no longer views it as the deadly substance it was believed to be. That change of opinion could influence pending or future lawsuits involving dioxin, parties to the suits say. Dr. Vernon N. Houk of the federal Centers for Disease Control told the St.
October 12, 1999 |
Memories haunt Missouri's latest state park, just as surely as wild turkeys stalk the shaded trails. Memories. And fear. For the park perches on the rubble of Times Beach. That name might not mean much now. The town of Times Beach hasn't existed for nearly 15 years. But back in the early 1980s, Times Beach was notorious. It was the dioxin town. The poison town. Back then, just a mention of Times Beach could conjure fear. It was not quite Three Mile Island.
May 5, 1985 |
From a distance, it looks merely to be a town napping peacefully in the shade of its flowering dogwood trees. It is not. Nearly every window of every building has been smashed, every item of value salvaged or stolen. Waist-high weeds harbor snakes and rodents that have migrated from the banks of the Meramec River. Graffiti has been painted on streets. The smell of mold and mildew seeps out of boarded-up houses with much the same force as the floodwaters that seeped in. There is no electricity.
July 21, 1990 |
Federal and state environmental officials announced an agreement intended to pave the way for the cleanup of the dioxin-contaminated ghost town of Times Beach, Mo., after seven years of study and negotiations. The EPA announced in St. Louis that a cleanup agreement had been reached with Syntex Agribusiness Inc., a chemical and animal health company. Under the settlement, Syntex will burn the tons of dioxin-tainted soil from Times Beach and 27 other sites in eastern Missouri.
October 25, 1986 |
The Charter Co. said Friday it had agreed to pay the federal government $5 million to settle an $80 million claim for cleanup costs at dioxin-contaminated Times Beach, Mo. Stephen D. Busey, Charter attorney, said that the company negotiated the agreement to expedite the firm's reorganization under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code. In the settlement, the company did not admit any responsibility for the contamination. The U.S.
January 6, 1986 |
Dr. John Dale Cavaness, a small-town practitioner in Southern Illinois, was sentenced today to die in the gas chamber for murdering his son to collect $148,000 in insurance benefits. St. Louis County Circuit Judge Drew W. Luten Jr. followed the recommendation of the jury that found Cavaness guilty Nov. 20. No execution date was set. Cavaness, 60, said nothing when the sentence was passed but tightened his lips and stared at the floor.