Pollution Concerns In Pass Christian To Be Investigated

Federal health officials will investigate allegations that pollution from the Dupont Delisle chemical plant is making people sick.

The investigators will arrive in Pass Christian July 30th to tour the plant and meet with residents one-on-one.

Carl Blair of the U-S Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry says officials "want to see if anything on site is affecting anyone on site.'' Blair says his agency received numerous requests from residents near the plant to investigate what they say are abnormally high occurrences of some diseases.

The Delisle plant created 14 point eight million pounds of toxic waste in 2000, injecting most of it into lined underground wells. The facility is listed as the top toxic waste producer in Mississippi by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Phil Bass of the state Department of Environmental Quality has conducted numerous tests and found no evidence of the alleged harmful levels of pollution.