Koster announces $19 million to clean up Springfield site
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.