Doe Run, State Reach Agreement Over Lead Waste

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Doe Run smelter in Herculaneum, Mo. Photo: KMOX

Doe Run smelter in Herculaneum, Mo. Photo: KMOX

ST. LOUIS (AP)Doe Run Co. and the state of Missouri have reached a settlement to resolve environmental concerns at the lead mining company’s Sweetwater Mine and Mill in southeast Missouri.

The agreement announced Friday requires Doe Run to pay the state $45,000 for litigation costs and to fund $35,000 in environmental education projects for students in grades kindergarten through high school.

Attorney General Chris Koster says the agreement also outlines action to clean up and contain lead contamination caused by a 450-acre pile of lead waste at Sweetwater. The pile contains sandy material that can be blown by the wind off-site.

St. Louis-based Doe Run will implement a wind erosion plan that will cover the mine waste with dirt and native plants.

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