Future of St. Louis Superfund site to be announced

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 5:48 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Superfund site in St. Louis that has been a concern for decades is about to be cleaned up.

Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks and elected officials gathered Monday to announce a $30 million cleanup of the old Carter Carburetor site.

No public money will be used. The remediation is funded by Carter Building Inc. and ACF Industries Inc., a successor to the company that owned the carburetor factory. Work is expected to start by the end of summer.

The plant employed 3,000 at its peak, but closed in 1984. Buldings are crumbling, the lot filled with weeds.

More problematic is pollution. Soil contains cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and trichloroethylene, a toxic solvent used to clean and degrease carburetor components. The buildings contain asbestos.

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