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E-M:/ Toxic troubles tarnish posh Bay Harbor area



BAY HARBOR -- Just 12 years ago, this playground for the ultra-rich was littered with rusting machinery strewn across hundreds of acres of bleached-white wasteland dotted by defunct cement plant buildings and limestone quarries.
Now the ugly past has bubbled back up with a vengeance and government workers in white protective suits are drawing water samples along about five miles of shoreline, including in front of a dozen multimillion-dollar mansions.
 
 
State environmental regulators knew toxic materials were seeping into Little Traverse Bay from abandoned cement-kiln dust piles years before Bay Harbor was built on top of them but determined the public health and environmental risks were negligible.