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Chattanooga residents question pollutant cleanup

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A state-recommended cleanup of pollutants from a now-closed chemical company in Chattanooga has some residents of the neighborhood complaining that the plan falls short by only putting out dirt and grass seed.

A dentist who grew up in the Alton Park neighborhood, Dr. Elenora Woods, said a modified cleanup proposal by Velsicol Chemical Co. and state environmental regulators is not what the community wants.

The president of an environmental group told the Chattanooga Times Free Press he has asked federal regulators to look at the proposed cleanup.

Velsicol previously paid a $12 million settlement in a pollutant lawsuit that involved health claims in Hardeman County in west Tennessee.

Velsicol's senior environmental projects manager, Gary Hermann, said the plan isn't designed to completely clean up the site.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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