Polluted Soil Being Removed in St. Louis County

WILDWOOD, Mo. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has begun a massive cleanup of contaminated soil in west St. Louis County.

KSDK-TV reports that work began Tuesday to remove dozens of truckloads of soil in Wildwood. The EPA says drummed liquid and solid waste was disposed of on the eight-acre site during the 1980s.

The site was originally cleaned in the 1990s, the EPA suspects that some contamination continues. The agency says there is low risk of exposure for people and the soil is not related to dioxin that was used in nearby Times Beach, forcing that town to be permanently shuttered.

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