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Hartford Residents Consider Options to Deal With Vapor Problem

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The old Premcor (formerly Clark Oil) refinery outside Hartford is now owned by Conoco-Phillips.

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – KWMU's Matt Sepic reports for NPR's All Things Considered on the plight of Hartford, Illinois.

The refinery town near St. Louis is plagued with a decades-old problem: millions of gallons of gasoline deposited by leaking petroleum pipelines.

The contamination has led to bad smells, fires and even a few explosions.

Government and industry officials say they're doing something about it -- but some residents say nothing can be done, and they want those responsible to buy them out.

Click here to link to the audio at npr.org.

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