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Dioxin concern leads US to share flood-debris cost

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Anne Collier / January 5, 1983

St. Louis

The federal government will pay three-fourths of the cost of hauling away flood debris from Times Beach, Mo., where garbage has remained for a month because of fears it could be contaminated by dioxin.

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President Reagan declared the town eligible for the funds after pollution officials said the health risks were too great to wait for the Environmental Protection Agency to complete tests for dioxin.