Jenkins looking to rid possible hazardous waste

The City of Jenkins is asking for Kentucky's Department of Environmental Protection to look at an area that many fear has toxic soil.

Former Jenkins Mayor Charles Dixon sent a letter to state legislators saying his wife has contracted a rare illness that doctors say can be caused by hazardous wastes.

The site was formerly owned by a coal company where transformers were repaired.

These transformers at the time contained PCBs, a cancer causing agent, before there was any research about them.

"Over the years, I think the soil and this is alleged, I think the soil was contaminated and thought to in this day in age has become very toxic," said Jenkins Mayor G.C. Kincer.

He says this is a problem that needs to be addressed and fixed if necessary.

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