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Old creosote plant leaves residue

HATTIESBURG — Mississippi officials have found creosote residue in a south Hattiesburg neighborhood but say there is no risk to local residents.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has been at the site since December after community members reported seeing a rust-colored residue leaking from a monitoring well.

The area is the former site of a creosote plant that closed in 1962.

Members of the Forrest County Environmental Support Team say the residue shows there are still environmental problems at site.

The Hattiesburg American reports that MDEQ told Mayor Johnny DuPree that samples collected from December to mid-February found compounds associated with creosote. However, MDEQ says there is no danger to human health or to the environment.

MDEQ says the site is still being periodically monitored.

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