Area of Dothan under environmental investigation after arsenic and lead findings

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — An area of town is under an ongoing environmental investigation and has been potentially impacted by arsenic and lead.

What once was the Tri-State Plant Food Site, now seems to be an arsenic and lead hotspot. 

A fact sheet that was released by ExxonMobil explained the two dangerous chemicals were found “on site in groundwater and soil.” 

According to District One Commissioner, Kevin Dorsey, cleanup efforts have been underway for sometime to fix it. 

“It’s just a remediation from a grant that we had,” said District One Commissioner Kevin Dorsey. “Actually just moving dirt, bad soil to a landfill. Just moving bad soil.”

Dorsey also said no nearby residents (particularly those who live on or nearby the intersection of Plant and Burdeshaw street) are in harm’s way.

“They’re safe,” Dorsey said. “Actually, we’re removing the soil because there’s been questions about that over the year.”

Yet, with nearby drainage pipes filled with green water, the question of whether residents are truly safe hangs in the air. 

Some residents told News 18 they think the contamination needs to be fixed immediately. 

“Shouldn’t nobody live with dirty water,” Dothan resident Antonio Grubbs said. “Everybody should comfortable (and) peaceful because that can decline your health if you live in the nasty and dirty and filthy.”

According to Commissioner Dorsey, workers have been clearing the site for the past several months and the project is 65 percent complete.

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