CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Carson city officials want to declare a local emergency to pressure the state and an oil company into cleaning up a contaminated housing tract.
The Los Angeles Times reports residents have been advised not to eat vegetables or fruit from their yards and to limit contact with soil around 285 homes sitting atop a former Shell Oil tank farm.
Testing in 2008 revealed the soil and groundwater contain benzene and petroleum. Residents blame the contamination for a host of illnesses, including cancer, skin irritation and tumors in their pets.
Cleanup isn’t slated to begin for another year. Recently, a utility company installing phone lines reported digging a hole 3 feet deep to find oil seeping from it.