KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has announced plans to begin removing lead-contaminated soil at several schools and child care centers in St. Francois County, once the heart of Missouri's old lead belt region.
The EPA said Friday recent tests showed high levels of lead in soil at 11 schools and 16 child care centers and Head Start facilities in St. Francois County in eastern Missouri. The cleanup follows the EPA's cleanup work at the Big River Mine Tailing/St. Joe Minerals Corp. Superfund site.
The county once supplied much of the nation's lead, and tons of debris have been left behind.
The EPA says initial cost of the cleanup is expected to be about $6 million. The agency also says it may pass along the cost if companies are found responsible for the contamination.
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