Five of Missouri’s most contaminated lead-mining areas are going to split more than 70-million dollars in cleanup funds coming from the largest environmental bankruptcy case in U. S. history.
One of the nation’s biggest lead-mining companies ASARCO (American Smelting and Refining Company) , is making the payment as part of its reorganization.
The overall settlement totals $282-million and covers sites in 19 states. Missouri, the national leader in lead production since the 1700s, gets about one-fourth of that money.
EPA spokesman Chris Whitley sites will be getting seven to 21-million dollars each for cleanup: Big River Mine Tailings/St. Joe Minerals Corporation ($17,072,427), Federal Mine Tailings ($7,743,418), Mason County Mines ($12,684,155), Jasper County/Oronogo-Duenweg Mining Belt ($21,402,000), and Newton County Mine Tailings ($11,484,000). The first three are in southeast Missouri. The second two sites are in the southwest Missouri lead belt.
The actual amounts will be larger because of interest that is added onto the base amounts.
Bob Priddy interviews Chris Whitley