Future of St. Louis Superfund Site to be Announced

5 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Monday, July 29 2013 Jul 29, 2013 Monday, July 29, 2013 8:17:49 AM CDT July 29, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

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.

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