Lenexa, Kan. -- EPA Region 7 will host a public meeting April 10 to provide local residents, stakeholders and interested parties with the latest information about the cleanup of the Carter Carburetor Superfund Site in north St. Louis, Mo.
EPA's Public Availability Meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club, 2901 N. Grand Ave., in St. Louis. EPA’s presentation at the event will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
Included in the meeting will be presentations and discussion about asbestos abatement work that must be completed prior to the demolition of the CBI Building at the site. EPA Region 7 recently approved an Asbestos Abatement Work Plan Addendum for the site.
ACF Industries LLC, one of the site's potentially responsible parties, is employing a general contractor to conduct the asbestos abatement work, which will begin later this month and continue for about six months. To ensure that proper procedures are being followed, EPA will oversee the abatement activity in cooperation with staff from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Asbestos Program.
ACF's contractors are already staging at the site, moving in office trailers, installing power poles to supply electricity necessary for the work, and going through the building to remove electrical components containing harmful polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury.
The Carter Carburetor Site, 2840 N. Spring Avenue, in St. Louis, Mo., was operated by the Carter Carburetor Corporation and Carter Automotive Products, both of which were subsidiaries of ACF, from the 1920s until about 1984. The plant consisted of several multi-story manufacturing, testing, office, and warehouse buildings that contained approximately 480,000 square feet of space. During its operational life, the plant manufactured carburetors for gasoline- and diesel-powered engines. In 1984, ACF closed the plant and dismantled much of the equipment.
Although numerous chemicals were used in the plant's manufacturing process, the primary environmental contaminants that remain at the site include PCBs, trichloroethylene (TCE), and asbestos.