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HORN ISLAND CONTAMINANTS

To prepare for the cleanup of Horn Island from the Deepwater Horizon spill, BP asked for a list of potential chemical and biological hazards that might be present at the former military facility along the Gulf Coast. An environmental assessment was performed and multiple contaminants were identified based on an initial review of the site's historical records. The potential contaminants include: asbestos, mustard gas, botulinum toxin, ricin, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, pesticides, PCB, dioxins, furans, and a number of RCRA metals. The area is now closed to the public until further investigation can occur.

It is often hard for property owners to understand the need for a Phase I Site Assessment. However, this incident clearly shows the benefit of a historical records review and site visit.