24 Years After Spill, Concerns Arise Again

7 years 4 months 5 days ago Friday, August 10 2012 Aug 10, 2012 Friday, August 10, 2012 1:22:00 PM CDT August 10, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

OVERLAND, Mo. (AP) - There is renewed concern in a small area of north St. Louis County, 24 years after an industrial chemical spill.

The spill happened in 1988 at a metal facility in Overland, contaminating groundwater in the Elmwood Park neighborhood.

Now, recent testing by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has shown that three occupied homes owned by the Housing Authority of St. Louis County had elevated levels of trichloroethylene, a liquid solvent used as a degreaser at the plant.

The DNR plan and EPA more testing.

Residents say they had never heard of the spill until receiving fliers about a meeting Thursday night. One woman said she wouldn't have purchased a home in the neighborhood if she had known about the contamination.

 

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