February 23, 1983

On this date in Missouri history, the Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy all of Times Beach and evacuate the town. After concluding that all the land in the town was contaminated with dioxin, government agencies spent nearly $40 million to buy out the 800 properties.

Times Beach Missouri Dioxin Hazard

December 23, 1982

The EPA announced that it had identified dangerous levels of dioxin in the soil of Times Beach, MO on this date in Missouri history.