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Fact Sheet

February 2010

EPA to Host a Public Availability Session to Provide Updated Site Information to the Community at Large, Leadwood Mine Tailings Superfund Site, Leadwood, Missouri


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 will hold a Public Availability Session to share updated information about the Leadwood Mine Tailings Superfund Site.

Since meeting with you in August of last year, we have undertaken the following actions which support EPA's goals in protecting human health and the environment throughout the Leadwood community:

EPA will share the details of these actions at the Public Availability Session.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
West County Middle School
1124 Main Street
Leadwood, Missouri


The property addressed above is a part of the Leadwood Mine Tailings Superfund Site, which is one of six major mine waste areas located in a region known as the Old Lead Belt. Historical mining activities were conducted in this region for the greater part of 70 years, leaving behind tailings and chat containing elevated levels of lead and zinc that pose a threat to human health and the environment.


Lead is a toxic metal that is harmful if inhaled or swallowed. Children are more sensitive to lead than adults and can develop lifelong learning disabilities and behavioral problems from lead exposure. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should also avoid exposure to lead to protect their children. Lead poisoning can cause negative health effects in infants and young children including, but not limited to:

Lead exposure and its effects can be reduced by the following actions:


The administrative record and site-related documents for the Leadwood Mine Tailings Superfund Site are available for review at the following locations:

St. Francois County Health Department
1025 West Main
Park Hills, Missouri

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


The following community involvement tools are available for your consideration:

-  Community Advisory Group (CAG):  Consists of community members forming a group to discuss and present concerns related to the Superfund decision-making process.

-  Technical Assistance Grant (TAG):  A grant in the amount of $50,000 (over a 3-year period) for a citizens' group to hire independent advisors.

-  Technical Assistance Service for Communities (TASC):  A program that provides educational and technical assistance to communities affected by hazardous waste sites.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:

Debbie Kring
Community Involvement Coordinator
U.S. EPA - Region 7
Office of Public Affairs
901 North 5th Street
Kansas City, Kansas  66101
(913) 551-7725 or
Toll Free @ 1-800-223-0425
E-mail: kring.debbie@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 (1-800-223-0425), or by e-mail @ 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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