EPA officials expect the examination to confirm that the Times Beach site, now Route 66 State Park, is free of concerning levels of dioxin. The study is being conducted at the request of the Missouri Department of Natural resources, which operates the state park. The study using more sophisticated technology than was previously available is expected to give EPA a better understanding of dioxin, which EPA officials say could help in future dioxin contamination cases. As for the site itself, years of follow-up studies have shown that the soil in the park is safe, and EPA officials believe the new study will concur.
Nearly 30 years after Times Beach, Missouri was evacuated in one of the nation’s most notorious environmental disasters, scientists with the Environmental Protection Agency are returning to the site for a new round of soil sampling.