JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Local lawmakers introduce bill to provide relief to former employees at wood treatment facility.
- Two local lawmakers are pushing legislation to provide relief to former workers of a contaminated plant.
- Action News Jax began reporting on issues at the Fairfax Street Wood Treaters plant in 2018.
- The EPA said for 30 years, operations at the plant resulted in arsenic contamination of soil and water at the site, nearby homes and an elementary school.
- In 2019, the EPA removed 60,000 tons of contaminated soil and sediment. It was transported to a disposal facility.
- If the legislation is passed, $10,000,000 of state money would pay eligible former employees of the plant, capped at $100,000 per employee.
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