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USEPA Wants to Cover Missouri Lead Piles

Megan Lynch
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FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. (KMOX) – One of the nation’s most polluted industrial areas sits south of St. Louis.  Now federal officials tell KMOX News they have a new plan for containing toxic metals there.

“There’s about 285,000 cubic yards of mine waste on this site,” and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s David Bryan says that’s just one section of the contamination left over from 300 years of lead mining in Madison County, Missouri.

Bryan says the agency wants to cover two dozen acres that once housed a mine and mill, and an aging pile of lead-contaminated mine waste.

“Erosion and the winds that might blow the lead dust around… we believe we need a cap on the property.”  As KMOX News told you earlier this year, testing has already revealed run-off from site has reached a nearby creek.

It’s taken millions of dollars to remove contaminated soil at hundreds of homes in the region.  Bryan says there’s no cost estimate on this latest proposal.  The agency is currently taking public comment on the plan.

EPA will hold a public meeting to present
cleanup options and take public comments
at the following time and location:

Monday, July 25, 2011
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Black River Electric Cooperative, Inc.
County Road 517
North of U.S. 67/72 Intersection
Fredericktown, Missouri

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