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Fact Sheet

April 2011

EPA to Hold a Public Availability Session on the Establishment of a Supplemental Soil Repository in Bonne Terre, St. Francois County, Missouri


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 will hold a Public Availability Session on May 2, 2011 to share information and answer questions about its proposal to establish a supplemental soil repository in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  This repository will be used to store contaminated soil from Lake Timberline properties.

The benefits of using the Bonne Terre Tailings Pile include:  easier access to haul routes, minimal impacts to city roads, a reduction in transportation costs, an enhanced vegetative cover over the pile reduces lead released to the environment, and space.


Monday, May 2, 2011
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
North County High School Auditorium
7151 Raider Road
Bonne Terre, Missouri

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.


The Big River Mine Tailings/St. Joe Minerals Corp. Superfund Site is a part of Missouri's Old Lead Belt, where mining and milling has occurred for more than a century. Over time, mining wastes containing elevated levels of lead were left behind, posing a threat to human health and the environment. 

EPA and Missouri state agencies have been addressing lead contaminated soils in St. Francois County for more than a decade, providing health education, soil assessments, and a variety of response actions.


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 washing hands after playing outside and before meals, vacuuming often and dusting with a damp cloth, and eating a diet high in calcium and iron.


The administrative record and site-related documents for the Big River Mine Tailings/St. Joe Minerals Corp. Superfund Site are available for review at the following locations:


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

Jason Gunter
Project Manager
U.S. EPA – Region 7
Superfund Division
901 North 5th Street
Kansas City, Kansas  66101
(913) 551-7358 or
Toll Free @ 1-800-223-0425
E-mail:  gunter.jason@epa.gov


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