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EPA proposes adding southwest Missouri site to cleanup list

Friday, September 16, 2011 | 7:56 a.m. CDT; updated 10:16 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 16, 2011

KANSAS CITY — The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed adding a contaminated site in southwest Missouri to a federal pollution cleanup list.

The regional office of the EPA said in a release Thursday that the Compass Plaza Well site in Rogersville will be considered for the Superfund National Priorities list. The site is polluted with the commercial solvent known as TCE.

The designation means EPA believes the site needs more study and possible cleanup under EPA's Superfund program.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources previously detected the solvent in several area water wells. The EPA said if the site gets on the national priorities list it will be eligible for federal cleanup funds.

Long-term exposure to TCE at elevated levels may cause cancer, as well as liver and immune system problems.

 


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