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Old shipyard site proposed for Superfund cleanup

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HOUMA, La. (AP) — A south Houma lot that was used by an oilfield fabricator has been proposed as a federal Superfund cleanup site.

The Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1mIqGTZ ) that the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed adding the Delta Shipyard lot off Industrial Boulevard to a priority list of the nation's uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.

The program gives the federal government the authority to investigate and clean areas where abandoned contamination is a threat to the environment or its inhabitants.

The 165-acre site at the top of the Houma Navigation Canal served as a repair yard for cargo and fishing boats as well as oil barges during the oil industry boom of the '70s.

The EPA said oily waste stored in unlined, earthen pits has contaminated nearby soil and water.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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