Coal Clean Up Continues

9 years 11 months 1 week ago April 16, 2007 Apr 16, 2007 Monday, April 16 2007 Monday, April 16, 2007 9:28:14 PM CDT in News

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Conservation are working together to clean up coal in the soil at Rocky Fork Conservation area.

In order to keep creeks and lakes clean around Rocky Fork conservation area and around Columbia, the coal and soil from nearby strip mines must go.

A construction company will first use more than 10,000 tons of limestone to neutralize the coal.

After it's graded down, the area will be covered with at least two feet of clay.

The time frame is three-six months for completion, but will require more time in the future due to the acid content of the coal.

"It demands that we incorporate several tons of agriculture limestone as a neutralizing material," said Jim Lovless with the Missouri Conservation Department. "And because of there is so much of it, it will take about three years at successive applications and incorporation of that."

Reggie McBride fishes at Rocky Fork.

"It means healthy fish and helps the environment, good place for vegetation and everything to grow, so it's pretty important," said McBride.

When completed, the area will be covered with tall grass and prairie flowers.

The federal government is paying for the cost of the clean-up at a cost of nearly $1 million .

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