In the 1980s, the town of Times Beach, Mo. hired a contractor to spray the town’s dirt streets with oil to cut down on dust. That oil was later found to contain extremely high levels of dioxin, a known cause of cancer. Tests in the town revealed levels of dioxin 300 times what is considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Some of the EPA funding will go toward the cleanup of underground storage tanks, like this one at 4266 McRee Ave. in St. Louis. This cleanup was undertaken by the Garden District Commission with funding from the EPA and the Brownfields Cleanup Fund.