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Fact Sheet

September 2010

EPA Announces Public Meeting to Present the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis Report, Carter Carburetor Superfund Site, St. Louis, Missouri


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 will hold a Public Meeting to present results of the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) Report findings for the Carter Carburetor Superfund Site, located at 2800 to 2840 North Spring Street The EE/CA Report was prepared by ACF Industries, Inc., a former owner of the Carter Carburetor Plant and a potentially-responsible party (PRP) EPA has reviewed and approved this EE/CA Report


The primary objective of an EE/CA is to identify and evaluate several cleanup options for a site based on three primary criteria: effectiveness, implementability, and cost Once this is accomplished EPA recommends the preferred cleanup alternatives to the public for comment Before a final response action is selected by EPA, a public comment period is held to provide an opportunity for citizens and all interested parties to provide input and raise concerns on the EE/CA Report findings.

This 30-day public comment period, opens on September 27, 2010 EPA will take comments by mail, e-mail, telephone, and/or during the meeting itself A transcriber will be at the meeting to record comments The public comment period will close on October 27, 2010.

Monday, October 4, 2010
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club
Of America
2901 N. Grand
St. Louis, Missouri 63107


The primary contaminants of concern in each area of consideration at the site are TCE, or Trichloroethylene, PCBs, or Polychlorinated Biphenyl's, and asbestos.

TCE is a nonflammable, colorless liquid with a somewhat sweet odor and a sweet, burning taste One could be exposed to TCE by breathing contaminated air, drinking the contamination in the water, swimming or showering in contaminated water, or by contact with contaminated soil and contact with the skin.

PCBs are either oily liquids or solids that are colorless to light yellow The PCBs at this site were from hydraulic fluid used in die cast machines and oil in electrical transformers

Asbestos minerals have long fibers that are strong and flexible enough to be spun and woven and are heat resistant Because of these characteristics, asbestos has been used for a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials, tiles and paper products We are all exposed to low levels of asbestos in the air we breathe Asbestos fibers may be released into the air by the disturbance of asbestos-containing material during product use, demolition work, building or home maintenance, or repair and remodeling.


The Preferred Cleanup Alternatives for the Carter Carburetor Site are listed by contaminated area as follows:

 Above-Ground Storage Tank Area:  The contaminant in this area is TCE The recommended alternative to address contaminants in this area is a process which heats the contaminated soil and allows it to be removed from the soil (In-Situ Thermal Absorption and Vapor Extraction) The TCE will then be collected and disposed of in an off-site facility.

Carter Building Inc. (CBI) Area:  PCBs, asbestos and lead paint are the contaminants in this area The recommended alternative is the complete demolition of the CBI building with the contaminated materials being disposed of in an off-site facility.

Die Cast Area:  The recommended alternative for this area is to remove PCBs from the soil in the same manner as the removal of TCE in the Above-Ground Storage Tank Area.

Willco Plastics Building: The recommended alternative to address PCBs and asbestos contaminants in this area is to remove only the contaminated areas of the building and replace those areas with clean materials.


The Carter Carburetor Site is a former carburetor manufacturing plant Gasoline and diesel powered carburetors were made at the site from the 1930s until 1984, when the plant was closed Although numerous contaminants were found at the site, the contaminants of greatest concern are TCE, PCBs, and asbestos   

In 1997, ACF Industries conducted a time-critical removal action to address the highest contaminated areas of the site At that time, ACF demolished and properly disposed of three smaller buildings where PCBs were used in the manufacturing process

In late 2005, EPA signed an agreement with ACF Industries to determine the extent of the remaining contamination on site and to conduct an EE/CA.


An Administrative Record has been established for the Carter Carburetor Superfund Site The Administrative Record contains Site-related documents and is available for review at the following locations:

Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club
2901 North Grand Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63107

St. Louis Public Library, Divoll Branch
4234 North Grand Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63107

EPA Region 7 Records Center
901 North 5th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66101

Written comments on the recommended alternatives and the EE/CA Report should be submitted to:

Janette Lambert
Community Involvement Coordinator
U.S. EPA - Region 7
Office of Public Affairs
901 North 5th Street
Kansas City, Kansas  66101
(913) 551-7768 or
Toll Free @ 1-800-223-0425
E-mail:  lambert.janette@epa.gov


EPA Region 7 is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in the public meeting, please notify the EPA Reasonable Accommodations Coordinator, Jonathan Cooper at (1-800-223-0425), or by e-mail at cooper.jonathan@epa.gov at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting Speech or hearing impaired individuals should e-mail or call using the local relay service.

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