Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

BIG RIVER MINE TAILINGS/ST. JOE MINERALS CORP.
DESLOGE, MO

Redevelopment

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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

Bonne Terre Mine Tailings Source Area: This area has been addressed by a removal action.  As part of the removal action, the environmental covenant allowed the property owners to develop the area for industrial use.  Multiple businesses have been established on the former mining area. 

National Mine Tailings Source Area: This area has been addressed by a removal action.  An industrial parkway was included in part of the cleanup.  This area has been utilized by multiple businesses.  Environmental covenants have been established with property owners at a number of properties and EPA is pursuing environmental covenants at all of the parcels within the boundary of the National Site. 

 

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2018, EPA had data on 1,000 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 10,746 people and generated an estimated $1,208,770,842 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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Activity and Use Limitations

At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup. For more background, see Institutional Controls.

Institutinal Controls are established at all of the source areas where work has occurred.  These are environmental covenants that limit activities such as excavation, water well construction, and residential construction. 

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