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Times Beach, Missouri

This riveting documentary looks at the devastating effects of chemical waste on one rural community.

A Film by Bob Hercules

57 Minutes

Grades 10-Adult
Item #:tim-177

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Times Beach, Missouri, was a small, low-income town of 2,240 residents in St. Louis County. In 1973, roads in rural Times Beach were sprayed with oil to control the dust. Ten years later, it was discovered that this seemingly harmless oil contained the hazardous chemical waste dioxin. It was the largest civilian exposure to dioxin ever in the United States.

People in white insulated spacesuits with an array of testing devices descended on the town and the residents were "treated like pariahs...don't go near 'em." Eventually, the federal government was forced to condemn, totally evacuate, and buy its first toxic town.

Through archival footage, interviews with former residents, government officials, media and legal analysts and others, the story of the town's fate is told and significant questions are raised about judgments made by the government, chemical industry, and media.

Times Beach, Missouri