State, Doe Run plan cleanup of eastern Missouri park

PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) — A former lead-mining area in Missouri’s third-largest state park will be decontaminated under a plan to be drafted jointly by the state and Doe Run Resources Corp.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that company and the state have agreed to produce a cleanup plan within 60 days for St. Joe State Park.

The soil cleanup will cover about 1,200 acres of the 8,200-acre park, located in St. Francois (FRAN’-sihs) County, about 60 miles southwest of St. Louis.

The project is expected to take about 18 months and cost approximately $7 million. The EPA says most of the money will come from an account created by a bankruptcy settlement involving American Smelting and Refining Co.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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