Monday, January 31, 2011

Coalition asking EPA for more time to evaluate cleanup options for Carter Carburetor Superfund Site

ST. LOUIS, MO (KWMU) - A coalition of St. Louis City residents is asking the Environmental Protection Agency for more time to evaluate cleanup options for the Carter Carburetor Superfund Site on the city's north side.

The former gasoline and diesel carburetor manufacturing plant once owned by ACF Industries has dangerous levels of several toxic contaminants, including PCBs and asbestos.

Environmental justice advocate Romona Taylor Williams says she and other north side residents have asked EPA to provide an independent contractor to help them interpret the more than 600 page technical report about the site.

"The independent contractor would provide the community with the scientific technical assistance that we need in order to evaluate, and to empower ourselves with the proper information to effectively comment," Taylor Williams says.

According to an EPA statement, agency representatives met with area residents earlier this week and intend to provide more information in response to their questions.

Monday is the official deadline for the public to comment on the report, but EPA said it will continue to accept input after that date.

Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio


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