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Times Beach, Missouri
Times Beach, Missouri
Times Beach, Missouri
Item#: 177
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$89.95
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Running Time: 57 minutes
G 10-Adult
Bob Hercules

 

"Highly recommended. Times Beach, Missouri is part bizarre Americana, part condemnation of the roles the EPA and CDC played in the Times Beach disaster, and part cautionary tale about the dangers of toxic pollution."
-Video Librarian

 

- Silver Hugo, Chicago International Film Festival
- Best Documentary, Brooklyn Arts Council Festival
- Certificate of Merit, San Francisco International Film Festival
- Finalist, EarthPeace/Vermont Int'l Film Festival

 

 

Times Beach, Missouri was a small, low-income town of 2,240 residents in St. Louis County. In 1973, roads in rural Times Beach, Missouri 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 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.