More testing planned at Springfield cleanup site
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A group coordinating cleanup of a polluted site in Springfield says more testing is required before the work can begin.
The Greenfield Environmental Trust Group, which is responsible for cleaning up the site of the old Kerr-McGee railroad tie plant in northwest Springfield, held its first public meeting in the city on Wednesday.
The site is polluted with creosote, a byproduct of coal tar that was used to coat railroad ties. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies creosote as a possible human carcinogen.
The Springfield News-Leader reported the group said more testing beyond the property line is needed to determine how much of the area has been affected. The group is using $22 million from a federal settlement to clean up the property.
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