WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is adding 12 hazardous waste sites to the list of most-contaminated places in the United States.
Another eight sites are being considered for the Superfund list.
Investigators found toxins like arsenic, lead and mercury at some sites.
The designation puts the sites in line for major cleanups, either by the government or by companies or people deemed responsible for the contamination.
Waste sites are being added in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina and New Jersey. Texas and Ohio both have two sites being added to the list.
EPA says it could take years for cleanups to begin at sites where the government has to pay for cleanup efforts.
Here is the list of sites added:
• Alabama Plating Company, Inc. (former electroplater) in Vincent, Ala.
• Cedar Chemical Corporation (former chemical manufacturer) in West Helena, Ark.
• Fairfax St. Wood Treaters (former wood treating operation) in Jacksonville, Fla.
• Bautsch-Gray Mine (former lead and zinc mine) in Galena, Ill.
• EVR-Wood Treating/Evangeline Refining Company (former wood treating operation) in Jennings, La.
• Leeds Metal (abandoned scrap metal facility) in Leeds, Maine
• Holcomb Creosote Co (former wood treating operation) in Yadkinville, N.C.
• Orange Valley Regional Ground Water Contamination (contaminated ground water plume) in Orange/West Orange, N.J.
• Peters Cartridge Factory (former ammunition manufacturer) in Kings Mills, Ohio
• West Troy Contaminated Aquifer (contaminated ground water plume) in Troy, Ohio
• Circle Court Ground Water Plume (contaminated ground water plume) in Willow Park, Texas
• U.S. Oil Recovery (former used oil recovery operation) in Pasadena, Texas
For more information on EPA Superfund sites, click here.