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George: St. Maries Shouldn’t Be On List

re: Daily Beast: St. Maries 3rd most polluted

Honest George: Including St. Maries on this list is an example of 'government gone wild'. The total amount of creosote-laced soil from the old Carney pole site is small in comparision to the total amount leeching from the thousands of piers and bridge pilings spread throughout the Coeur d'Alene Lake, Coeur d'Alene River and St. Joe River. Why isn't the EPA concerned about them? The pilings that comprised the quarter-mile city levee, constructed by the Corps of Engineers and now replaced by a steel-sheet levee, leaked twice the amount of creosote into the river than what slopped out of the pole soaking-pan of Carney's pole site.

Question: Does it bother you that much of this region is in a zone that the EPA considers a Superfund site (although a chunk of it doesn't have that designation)?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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