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Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 11:12am

Macon Site Being Added To Superfund List

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is adding a Macon site to its Superfund list. Cancer-causing chemicals have been found there in a creek where people fish.

More than 40 years ago Armstrong World Industries recalled ceiling tiles coated with PCB’s. They were recycled and disposed of in the company’s Macon landfill that’s now eroding and lies in a flood plain for Rocky Creek.

PCB’s as well as toxic metals are now being found in sunfish, large mouth bass, and catfish in the popular fishing spot. Brian Rood teaches environmental science at Mercer University in Macon.

“You’re dealing with subsistence fishermen that are out there. They’re fishing to bring in a protein diet to their families that they couldn’t afford to go to the grocery store maybe and get.”

Rood says even if signs are posted many people can’t read them. Rocky Creek eventually discharges into the Ocmulgee River. Clean up is expected to take years.