by: Michael H. Levin, Ph.D.  

About 63 years ago, following WWII, as the U.S. was converting from wartime to peacetime production predecessors of community leadership - the Commissioners of Haverford Township granted permission for National Wood Preservers to impregnate wood with about a dozen  known toxic substances to prevent wood decay when in ground or marine contact.  The many thousands of board feet of lumber including telephone poles, harbor pilings, plywood, and other dimensional lumber were brought to the site for treatment with those hazardous chemicals in fuel oils, allowed to drip-dry into the soils on the site exposed to the elements then shipped overland from the  site either by truck or railroad.  Jobs were created  for chemical wood processing. Wood treatment continued at the site for over 40 years.

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