What's the point of this site?

A lot has been said in the local media about the Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site. It's been a volatile, confusing issue for decades. A lot of UF students (and a lot of Gainesville residents, surprisingly) are unfamiliar with the situation. There are rumors, accusations, and facts floating around, and they're all tangled into one big mess. GRU will say one thing, the Alachua DEP will say another, the EPA and Beazer will say something entirely different, and so will the activist organizations, and so will the lawyers, and so will frustrated neighborhood residents... it goes on and on. It took me two months of nonstop reporting to understand what's going on. I want to share what I know with everyone.

Why should I care?

Based on the reporting I've done, I can say the following with certainty: The Floridan Aquifer is already contaminated. Our water supply is danger. Children and pets in neighborhoods surrounding the site are inhaling a deadly concentration of dioxins, which are extremely toxic and known to cause cancer. The full extent of contamination is yet to be determined. The tests that show high dioxin levels in people's houses were conducted along a two-mile radius relative to the Superfund Site: this includes the UF campus.

I'd like to help, but I have no idea where to start. I don't even fully understand what's happening. What should I do?

Protect Gainesville Citizens, Inc. holds meetings at Wild Iris Books at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. They'll appreciate your concern, answer all your questions, educate you, and find a way for you to help.