Festus homeowners are anxious to learn the details of a plan to clean up lead contamination in their yards from a nearby scrap metal recycling center. But residents learned last night they'll have to wait until a deal is finalized between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and MW Recycling which operates the Shapiro Brothers scrap yard.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that elevated lead levels were found in 16 yards, with as many as 15 more still to be tested. Water tests in a nearby creek also showed lead and cadmium contamination.
The company will pay for and conduct the remediation operations with DNR oversight.
CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri sheriff is raising safety concerns about gatherings at an old sand mine now used as a recreation complex.
The 200-acre site near Crystal City once provided sand to a glass factory. It is now known as Crystal City Underground.
The site is also rented out to parties. A gathering on April 6 drew hundreds of people. Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that deputies issued eight summonses, including three for underage drinking and two for drugs.
Boyer is concerned about whether emergency vehicles could get to the site, and if a bridge meets safety standards.
Owner Tom Kerr says an emergency plan is in place and plans are in the works for a new road and bridge to the site.