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Toomer's Corner Poisoning Under Federal Investigation Due To Groundwater Danger, According To Report

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The act of vandalism perpetrated (fun word!) against the Auburn Tigers ceremonial gathering place, Toomer’s Corner, has earned attention from federal investigators, according to Auburn’s FOX6. But why?

If the poison used to damage the trees makes its way into the groundwater supply, the results could be hazardous for far more than just a cluster of oaks. Still not clear on how that makes it a federal issue, though, unless Georgia’s groundwater is somehow at stake. Any idea?

Tebuthiuron, the poison applied to the trees, is “highly soluble in water” and “one of a group of pesticide compounds that have the greatest potential for leaching into, and contaminating, groundwater,” according to a page on the official website of Cornell University. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

Arresting “Al from Dadeville” shouldn’t be too much of a challenge, as he called into a radio show to claim the crime, thereby providing both a voice and a phone record, and was also presumably recorded by the webcam that streams Toomer’s Corner round-the-clock anyway. I’ve read some saying that the substance he allegedly used requires extensive registration and log-keeping, so there would be even more evidence.

The real work will be keeping the poison from spreading beyond its initial target. If it is found to have endangered the local water supply, don’t you think far more serious charges could be in order for “Al from Dadeville?”

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.