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Contaminated Louisiana Creosote Plant Proposed For Superfund Cleanup

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Creosote protects wood from rotting.

A Louisiana creosote plant could be added to the list of America's most contaminated places. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to add the American Creosote plant in Deridder to the Superfund National Priorities List. 

The site in Beauregard Parish was a timber treatment facility that was contaminated by  creosote related compounds. 

According to the EPA, sites like this can cause risk such as birth defects and ecosystem damage. Cleanup of contamination has been shown to reduce birth defect by 25 percent. 

Nationwide, EPA added seven sites to the list and has proposed adding four more for potential cleanup.

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Originally from Monroe, Cory has worked in a variety of media. He has worked in television news and spent seven years as a TV sports play-by-play announcer. He was also creative director for a television advertising department and worked extensively as a photojournalist. Cory has lived in both Dallas and New Orleans.