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Long-term contamination causing catastrophic environmental damage can create a ghost town. Some notable examples include: Times Beach, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, whose residents were exposed to a high level of dioxins. Treece and Picher, twin communities straddling the Kansas-Oklahoma border. Once one of the US's largest sources of zinc and lead, over a century of unregulated disposal of mine tailings led to groundwater contamination and lead poisoning in the town's children, leading eventually to a mandatory Environmental Protection Agency buyout and evacuation. Gilman, Colorado, also a zinc and lead mining town, abandoned in 1984. Wittenoom, Western Australia, once Australia's largest source of blue asbestos, abandoned in 1966.