Koster announces $19 million to clean up Springfield site

4 years 9 months 5 days ago Tuesday, February 10 2015 Feb 10, 2015 Tuesday, February 10, 2015 1:14:31 PM CST February 10, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Springfield is getting $19 million to clean up a contaminated industrial site as part of Missouri's nearly $44 million share of a $5 billion national bankruptcy settlement.

State Attorney General Chris Koster was in Springfield on Tuesday to announce the funding, which will clean up a former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. site polluted with creosote from coal tar that was used to coat railroad ties.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Koster was headed to Kansas City later Tuesday to announce a similar amount to clean up pollution from a second Kerr-McGee railroad tie plant there.

The remaining $5.7 million of the state's share will be plugged into the Missouri National Resource Damages Program, which funds cleanup of contaminated sites for public use.

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