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Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry surveys the tornado damage in Picher, Okla., May 11.

EPA Tests Oklahoma Air for Toxins after Tornado

May 12, 2008 04:06 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
by Liz Colville
The Environmental Protection Agency is testing the air for toxins after a tornado hit Oklahoma May 11.

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The Associated Press reported May 12 that the EPA is testing the air in the tornado-ravaged Picher, Okla., home to one of the most polluted Superfund sites in the U.S.

Tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma and Missouri May 10, killing a combined 20 people and injuring hundreds more, reports CNN. The severe weather pattern traveled through Missouri and Oklahoma before reaching Georgia on May 11, where it destroyed the town of Kite and killed at least one person.

“We’re still looking for people and sorting through the rubble,” said one county sheriff’s office in Oklahoma Sunday.

President George W. Bush released a statement Sunday promising aid to the region, but did not provide further details.

Minor storm damage also affected parts of Arkansas, hit badly by a February tornado, and storms were predicted to intensify, especially in the southern states of Georgia and the Carolinas.

Headline Link: Lead landfill leads to EPA tests at Okla. tornado site

Background: Tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Missouri and Georgia

Related Topics: Winter tornado strikes southern states

Reference: Home Protection Web Guide

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