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AP Exclusive: Flooding threatens toxic sites as Irma nears

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and JASON DEAREN
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency says dozens of its staff are working to help secure some of the most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida.

That includes evacuating personnel, securing equipment and safeguarding hazardous materials.

The Associated Press surveyed six of the 54 Superfund sites in Florida this week, all around Miami in low-lying, flood-prone areas. AP's journalists found minor issues, such as three unsecured, steel drums in a grassy field containing contaminated soil and water.

EPA says they are low-risk to human health and its contractor will remove them prior to Irma's arrival.

EPA has been highlighting its response to the risk of flooded Superfund sites over the last week after AP first reported that seven Superfund sites around Houston flooded after Harvey.

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