Residents Worry About the Threat of Hazardous Chemicals
When Hurricane Katrina's 13-foot storm surge crashed through the houses and businesses of this town on the Gulf Coast, it also rushed through a plant where DuPont stored dioxins and other hazardous materials. Now that the floodwaters have receded, local residents, deciding whether to rebuild, worry about what happened to those chemicals. ''Would you rebuild your home if it had been on Three Mile Island?'' asked Paul Stewart, whose house, across the street from the DuPont plant, was destroyed. ''I'm nervous about even rummaging through the rubble to find my things.''