Plan seeks new uses for Doe Run site

HERCULANEUM, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri lead smelter scheduled to close next year could eventually make way for commercial and industrial uses.

Doe Run Co. operates the smelter in Herculaneum. It will close in 2013 after years of wrangling over environmental concerns.

A development group called Riverview Commerce Park LLC announced Friday it plans to purchase 500 acres that include the Doe Run facility. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The development group is a partnership of two St. Louis-area companies, Environmental Operations Inc. and J.H. Berra Construction.

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