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EPA plans 2-year probe of potential dioxin sites

The Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday it is launching a two-year, $ 7.4 million effort this summer to examine some 1,000 US sites that might be contaminated with low levels of the toxic chemical compound dioxin. The investigation is aimed at finding the remaining 10 to 20 percent of dioxin in the environment that officials believe is away from primary disposal sites and plants where it was produced or used in making pesticide products.

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