tThough it wasn't as dusty on the day of their visit as is typical, Environmental Protection Agency officials got a good look Thursday at what life is like in Treece — and why residents in the small town are justified in wanting the EPA to buy them out. In addition to serious health concerns due to pollution from an old mining operation, residents lost jobs and many public services when the EPA bought out nearby Picher, Okla. "We have nothing," one resident told the officials. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, spearheaded the fact-finding visit and need to keep the pressure on the EPA to treat Treece residents fairly.
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