Regulators keep watch on toxic waste sites during hurricane

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By MICHAEL BIESECKER

Associated Press

Environmental regulators are monitoring more than three dozen toxic waste sites in the path of Hurricane Florence, as well as scores of low-lying water- and sewage-treatment plants at risk of flooding.

The Environmental Protection Agency has identified 40 Superfund sites in threatened parts of the Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland, including polluted industrial sites, chemical plants, coastal shipyards and military bases.

EPA spokesman John Konkus says the agency is listening for any reports of oil or hazardous substance spills from first responders, media reports and state and local emergency command posts. He says federal on-scene coordinators and equipment stand ready to deploy if needed.

Superfund sites are among the nation’s most highly polluted places. More than a dozen in the Houston metro area were flooded last year during Hurricane Harvey.

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