Gainesville’s Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site – Joe Prager Of BAN CCA Testifies

21 Oct

Gainesville’s Cabot-Koppers Superfund site is awash in Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA), especially during heavy storms when the Koppers Co. industrial wood-treatment plant freely allows quantities this highly toxic brew to pollute the city’s creeks and aquifer system. CCA is among a list of fully 32 dangerous toxins that have been officially recorded as pollutants on, and from, the site. Joe Prager and his wife learned the hard way about the risks of prenatal exposure to chemically (CCA) treated lumber. This motivated the establishment of their organization BAN CCA ( They want to do everything possible to ensure that consumers know about the the dire risks to human health that exposure to CCA-treated wood can cause. The Pragers firmly believe that if they had been properly warned about the hazards of this product, then they would not have purchased, or handled, CCA lumber products, and that their daughter would not have been born with birth defects. Indeed, if the Consumer Awareness Programs had worked, they most likely would not have been exposed. Similarly, if most of the residents of the adjacent Stephen Foster Neighborhood had been informed about the dangers in general of Cabot-Koppers, they would never have purchased and/or moved to homes there!

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