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Mixed Reaction to Shell’s Carousel Cleanup Proposal

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 22.21.25Extracts from an article in  the Daily Breeze.

Shell Oil Co.’s new $146 million proposal to remove contaminated soil beneath Carson’s Carousel Tract neighborhood has earned a thumbs-up from city officials, who until now have vigorously fought the oil giant’s cleanup plans.

Carson officials praise the plan because it includes an offer to temporarily relocate residents in hotels while 161,700 cubic yards of petroleum-soaked dirt are dug up from yards and trucked out. It also contains a guarantee that residents will get fair-market value if they sell their homes, despite the contamination history.

But some residents say the proposal doesn’t come close to fixing the problem. Barbara Post, president of the Carousel Tract Homeowners Association, said residents are contracting cancer and other debilitating diseases at an alarming rate because of the contamination, and they want to move. “If this lasts long enough, we’ll all die in here,” Post said. “Nobody knows what we’re really going through, honestly. The stress, the uncertainty, the worrying. Nobody knows until they’ve walked in our shoes.


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