WILDWOOD, Mo. (KMOV)-- The Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan to evaluate the soil and groundwater at the site of a former dumping ground in Wildwood. The testing plan comes after years of lawsuits and other tests over the safety of the site, on Strecker Road. According to the EPA, Strecker Forest was used as a toxic waste dump by Russell Bliss. Bliss owned and operated the Bliss Waste Oil Company.
The EPA designated Strecker Forest a superfund state and spear-headed a clean-up effort in the 1980s, but some have questioned whether the clean-up was effective.
Three years ago, a developer bought Strecker Forest in order to build new homes. The city later put a moratorium on building any homes after a woman came forward saying she believed her son developed a rare blood cancer, after playing in the forest as a child.
The city spent nearly half a million dollars on new reviews of the safety of the site. The developer also hired a firm to conduct testing.
Some tests showed the site was safe and other reviews called for new testing to be done.
On Wednesday, July 13th, the EPA plans to explain the new testing plan to neighbors. The meeting will be held at the St. Louis County Library - Daniel Boone Branch in Ellisville from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.