Future of St. Louis Superfund Site to be Announced
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The old Carter Carburetor site in St. Louis, a polluted eyesore for decades, is due for a rebirth.
Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks and elected officials are scheduled to announce plans for the site on Monday.
The EPA approved a $27 million cleanup plan two years ago. Since then, negotiations have been ongoing with ACF Industries of St. Charles, a successor to the company that owned Carter Carburetor.
The carburetor plant employed 3,000 at its peak, but the factory closed in 1984. The buildings are crumbling, and the 10-acre site is dotted with weeds.
More concerning are environmental concerns. It includes soil contaminated with cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and trichloroethylene, a toxic solvent used to clean and degrease carburetor components. The buildings contain asbestos.