Federal CDC examines Hub creosote worries

Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta met Tuesday with Hattiesburg city officials and a county environmental support group to discuss lingering concerns over creosote contamination.

Residents of east Hattiesburg say despite cleanup efforts by private industry and state government, pollution from the old Gulf States creosote plant is still a cause for worry.

The property in question is 16th Section land owned by the Hattiesburg school board but leased to private businesses for a number of years.

Many of the businesses and the school district have received monetary settlements from Kerr-McGee, which took over the creosote site, but area residents say they have been left out in the cold. They claim the property has not been properly remediated, and they didn't get their fair share of the settlement.